Wellness Notes

Where to Start?

Ayurveda, the science of living healthy and long, indicates that this is a great time to detox the body. With the summer upon us in the Northern Hemisphere, we are naturally eating and exerting less and the heat of this Pitta season adds to the Agni, or internal fire, that can help eliminate toxins that accumulate in our body/mind.

Ayurveda teaches that the origin of disease, illness, fatigue and emotional distress occurs when toxic substances accumulate in the body/mind as a result of stress, poor digestion, sluggish elimination, toxic exposure, weak metabolism or all of the above. This substance, called ama, is a sticky white substance (check your tongue for it first thing in the morning) which can be easily eliminated from the body. The first step is to strengthen all your abilities to efficiently process and digest all forms of information taken from the environment, not just what we drink and eat, but also emotions, facts and ideas.

Where to Start:

We begin with yoga, the movement of the body and breath, as our physical form is the most obvious part of our reality. As we expand our yoga practice, we may find that we want to enhance this amazing evolution of our body through proactivity beyond yoga and the asanas, beyond just getting the body moving and breathing.

Following are other simple methods to begin to cleanse the body from the inside out. Some are obvious, others may be new to you, but they are all worth mentioning. They include:

• Healthy diet; eating fresh, cooked from scratch, as close to being living as possible, (avoid overcooked, canned, deep fried or processed foods). We know that fresh fruits and vegetables in season have the most prana, or life force. Ayurveda calls this quality "Satva", so now at prime harvest time take advantage!
• Drinking at least 8 glasses of pure water each day. (Ayurvedic Nutritionist Maureen Shortt MA recommends ˝ your body weight in ounces for vatas and pittas!)
• Eliminate (or reduce) very cold food and iced drinks especially during meals.
• Reduce dairy products.
• Reduce animal products.
• Meditate everyday.
• Consistent use of cleansing products that help remove ama from the system: Neti pot, tongue scraper and a gentle colon cleanse such as Colonix and detoxifying herbs seasonally.

Stay well.



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