Ayurvedic medicine ("Ayurveda" for short) is one of the world's oldest holistic ("whole-body") healing systems. It was developed more than 3,000 years ago in India. It's based on the belief that health and wellness depend on a delicate balance between the mind, body, and spirit (1). Eating specific foods and incorporating healthy lifestyle habits according to your body type help to keep you balanced, happy and healthy. Below are 4 Ayuverdic ways to stay balanced this summer:
1. Stay Hydrated
This makes the top of the list. In the scorching heat, water is your best friend. Make sure to cut down on hot beverages and drink lots of water. To keep a check on exactly how much you drink, use BPA free glass or stainless steel bottles with measured amounts of water. Add flavor to your water with slices of lemon, cucumbers and any other seasonal fruits and you have a homemade detox ready too. This will not only help you stay hydrated, but also keeps your stomach flat and skin glowing. Isn't that what anyone wants?
2. Avoid Hot Spicy Foods
Avoid foods that cause you to over sweat. Spices can greatly increase heat in the body and induce hot flashes. Replace hot spicy foods with salads and vegetables.
3. Use Coconut Oil and Coconut Water
If there is any right time for drinking coconut water, it certainly is during the summer. Coconut water is one of nature's best drinks to keep your body cool and helps ward off the extra heat. Applying unrefined virgin organic coconut oil to the skin will soothe sunburn and rashes that can otherwise last during the whole season. Make sure to massage coconut oil onto your skin after a shower especially before going to bed each night. This will help to relax your muscles and prepares your body to get at least 8 hours of rest. Coconut oil is a natural beauty aid and works wonders on nourishing your skin.
4. Listen to Sounds that Keep You Centered
Ah, the sounds of water. One of my favorite pastimes is going to the beach with my husband. Just listening to the sound of water helps us to get re-centered and into a peaceful place. The ocean breeze is always welcoming, cool and refreshing. From the gentle pitter patter of rain to the splashing of rivers against hills, the sound of water has a tranquil effect on the body. If you are working out to keep your summer body fit, consider replacing upbeat songs you work out to with the sound of water. Or just listen to the sounds of water while driving to work. This will help keep your mind regulated and focused, and that in turn will do the same for the rest of your body. There are many apps today that have the best sounds of water for a very real experience. Here's an excellent app to help you on your path to staying balanced this summer White Noise Ambient Lite.
1. Ayuverdic Mecidine defined www.webmd.com/balance/guide/ayurvedic-treatments