As fall season is approaching lets commit to these simple Ayurvedic wisdom is something the entire family can do it easily. By adding a few daily rituals into your usual mix you can start preventing sickness and disease today and stay healthy throughout the Fall.

The word, Ayurveda, translates to  ‘the science of life’. It’s a holistic science over 5,000 years old that contains a profound body of knowledge used to understand ourselves within the laws of nature.

Drink warm water with lemon first thing in the morning. The acidic qualities of lemon encourage regularity, which is crucial in keeping your digestive track free of toxic build-up. Lemons also hold vitamins and minerals that help release toxins in the digestive tract. Squeeze the juice of 1/2 a lemon into a cup of warm water. You can add a drop of honey and ginger powder or grated ginger if you wish.

Scrape your tongue. If you’ve never taken a peek at your tongue in the morning, check it out! Ayurveda teaches us that we can learn a lot about what’s going on in our bodies by simply noticing our tongue. A body with healthy organs and a clear digestive tract will show up pretty pink. A body with clogged organs or undigested food from the night before will show up with a layer of fuzz, film, the quivers, indentations from teeth, and/ or bumps. Use a tongue scraper which is easily available at most health food stores or online. Stainless steel ones are great because they don’t rust.

Treat yourself to a green smoothie for breakfast. There a many different recipes smoothies out there, but Ayurveda encourages a seasonal diet and ingredients that balance out the qualities already occurring in nature. Since its fall, nature brings out the dry, rough, light, cold, subtle & mobile qualities of life. This means for optimal health we want to steer away from foods and activities that have these same qualities.

Add more sweet, sour and salty foods into your diet. Fall carries with it dry, rough, light, cold, subtle & mobile qualities. This means we want to steer away from foods that also hold these same qualities. One way we can achieve balance in the Fall is by eating foods that ground, moisten, nurture and warm the body. Sweet, sour and salty tastes are the ideal candidates for the job. Here are some examples of foods to include in your meals: fresh sweet fruits like mango, coconut, berries and peaches fresh sour fruits like cherries, plums, green grapes, lemon and limes  sweet veggies like corn and peas.

Give yourself an oil massage. It nourishes the skin, relaxes the nervous system, removes impurities from the plasma blood & feeds the inner tissues of the body.In the same way that a machine needs greasing, the body loves to be oiled as well as to protect it against the ravages of the environment & time.

Here’s a list of oil that are best for each Dosha:

Vata: sesame oil, almond oil

Pitta: coconut oil, olive oil

Kapha: sunflower oil, grapeseed oil

Note: always use organic and cold-pressed oils when rubbing them directly onto your skin

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