8 Mind And Body Cleansing Tips
In Ayurveda, you are what you eat, think and say. Food literally creates your state of mind, emotions and consciousness. You need to think of food as being your medicine!
The quality of the food we consume directly affects not just the condition of our physical bodies, but also our minds and very often we don't make the connection. For example, when you eat light food like fruit and salads, your mind and body will respond to feeling light, too. If you regularly dine on heavy foods like red meat, particularly beef, as well as frozen, processed, microwaved and overcooked food, your mind and body will react with emotional feelings of irritability, dullness, depression and your body will be experiencing lethargy and tiredness all the time.
On the other hand, if you regularly feed your body with life-giving foods that are fresh and nutritious like wholegrains, cooked vegetables, nuts and seeds, herbs, spices and fruit, most times you will be feeling well and enjoying calm emotions that will promote harmony and mental clarity. Ayurveda does not say you have to be vegetarian, but from a rebalancing cleanse of the mind and body it would be a great way to initiate the process.
It will take a few months of consistent management of your diet and lifestyle to feel the affects and hopefully you will be encouraged to keeping going as new feelings of energy, rejuvenation and wellness will start to emerge and the desire will be there to maintain them. Ayurveda is not one exercise/diet program fits all. It's more customised as we are all unique.
Here are 8 ways to cleanse both the mind and body:
Move everyday: Connect with nature and try to be active for a minimum of 30 minutes at a time if possible. You will need to know your body-type so you can exercise according to what will refresh you rather than make you feel even worse. Exercise will declutter your mind and reduce aches and pains. Sweating is great as it removes toxins from the body through the skin which will help take the load off the kidneys and liver. Exercise also promotes the rejuvenation and growth of cells and helps the body to shed excess fat.
Learn to breathe: Yoga will teach you this. In Sanskrit yoga means 'union' or to 'yoke' and is the union of the mind and body. Start yoga in a reputable beginners class and master the breathing techniques. Also learn the asanas to help purify and connect the mind and body. Otherwise you're just doing an aerobic workout. Sure you will benefit from the exercise but the aim is to balance both the mind and body together.
Sleep well: Our bodies launch into metabolic waste production after 10:00pm. Between the hours of 11:00pm - 2:00am the body rejuvenating itself and it's critical to be asleep during these hours. Poor sleep habits equate with many scientific proven consequences: brainfog, memory loss, diabetes and obesity, cardiovascular disease and depression. Losing one and a half hour's sleep in just one night can reduce daytime alertness by about one third.
Eat less: Don't eat more than you need! Our digestive power or 'Agni' is the fire that transforms food into nourishment for our bodies. Overloading the digestive process can put the fire out causing disease, poor elimination and toxic build up or 'Ama'. It will undermine the defence system which starts in the gut lowering our resistance to disease. Eat the largest meal at midday when the digestive fire is at its highest.
Pacify those addictions: Sugar, alcohol, smoking, narcotics, prescription drugs, material possessions, body image, ego is exchanged for tolerance and acceptance of who you are finally. Ayurveda teaches us that addictions need not take over your life. It's about calming the nervous system by exercising, sorting out the diet and applying a regular routine as a source of balance rather than focusing on guilt, shame and blame.
Take time for you: Essential! The more authentic you are with yourself, the better you will show up with other people in your life. When you need to take a break to relax - do it!
Communicate: How much social media do you engage in? How many good quality face-to-face conversations do you have? Think about who and what adds value to your life? Cultivate healthy relationships.
Find your passion: Recognise and utilise your skills which have been given to you as a special gift. Don't waste them and live with regret for not ever doing anything about using and improving them. Seek variety. Love you, love your life.