Fall has officially started this year and the air is crisp and cool. As seasons change, this is the perfect time to start new routines and incorporate healthier options in your schedule.
1.Take a bath
This is one of my favorite things to do as the nights get cooler. It’s very relaxing, easy to do and easy to detox without much effort. Using Epsom salt adding a cupful into your warm luke water is very therapeutic for any aches and pains you may be experiencing. It also pulls metals and toxins out of your body. Try this 3 times/week for about 20 minutes each time. If you feel like a bath is too time consuming, try a foot bath while you’re watching TV. There’s nothing like multi-tasking! For added benefits incorporate 10 drops of 2% pure essential oils like lavender, and peppermint for sore muscles and eucalyptus when you feel like you’re catching a cold!
2.Scrap your tongue
Indians have been doing this Ayurvedic technique for centuries because it resets all the organs. Not only is it great fr oral hygeine, removing germs, bad breath and bacteria but you’re removing many toxins that accumulate. The theory is all your organs have special places on your tongue. Ayurvedic & Traditional Chinese Medicine practitioners can actually look at your tongue and figure out what ailment you have. You need to scrape your tongue only once in the morning on an empty stomach after you brush your teeth. You don’t need to do this a night. There’s no need to do it hard either; there shouldn’t be any bleeding using a tongue scraper. You’ll be surprised to see how many toxins are removed every morning when you do this.
This is great for improving your lymphatic system, helping the blood circulate while getting rid of impurities in the body. This is best done early in the morning before you shower. It’s great natural exfoliant, helping reduce cellulite as well and helps unclog pores all while invigorating and rejuvenating your nervous system. It’s very energizing and a great way to start your morning.
4.Drink some lemon water!
Lemon water is a another great way to start your day. Squeezing fresh lemon juice to luke warm water on an empty stomach helps reduce inflammation, helps clean our toxins, keeps your skin clear and aids with digestion. This is another ayurvedic tradition I have picked up over the years that I enjoy incorporating into my day.
5. Fast for 12-14 hours
It is always great to reset your digestive system. One way to do this is to try not to eat for about 13hours once a week and see how you feel. Ideally eating an earlier diner by 6pm and not eating breakfast til 7 or 8am the next morning will do the trick. In Ayurveda fasting is something that is usually recommended, whether it’s a day without meat or a day where you just eat light foods like kitchree and ghee (clarified butter), or remain on fruit all day. The concept is not to overeat and let the GI tract rest.
Try incorporating these concepts one at a time and see how these small changes keep you healthy!\
Much Love & Light–Dr. B