7 Health Practices to Adopt from the East
India is a country of great mystery. Many from the West make the long voyage to India in search of spiritual enlightenment and they end of finding more than they bargained for. With holistic medicine & care gaining popularity, people are looking for natural ways to heal their bodies as well as find some measure of peace and tranquility. Today we wanted to share simple practices that you can adopt today.
Many companies aim to make a shoe that conforms to the natural mobility of the feet but nature's best shoe is and has always been no shoe. There are actually sensitive nerve endings in the feet that correspond with different organs. When walking barefoot these nerve endings are activated creating a massage and helps organs functions better. Spend more time barefeet and if possible in natural like settings.
Drinking water first thing in the morning activates our bodies. It's a wake up call for our organs. When you drink hot water it clears toxins in the body and nourishes the organs, as well as aiding in digestion. Adding a squeeze of lemon gives you antioxidants and stimulates saliva production which also aids in digestion.
Coconut Oil Pulling
Oil pulling has been done in the East for centuries. It simply requires you to take 1.5 tbsp of coconut oil and swish it in your mouth for 7-10 minutes. This act of rinsing stimulates enzymes in the body which assist in disposing of toxins. It also leaves your mouth feeling clean and refreshed. Although the science behind it is inconclusive, some experts argue that it cleans bacteria in the mouth. If you want to read our post on the benefits of the mighty coconut, click here.
Pranayama (vital life force) breathing is a technique where you focus on the air coming in and out of the nostrils. Your eyes can be open or closed, but your breath is completely engaged in this moment. Whenever the urge to think thoughts comes into play, simply focus on the breath and come back to this moment. Daily concentration on the breath gives you mental clarity, elicits creativity and deceases stress & anxiety.
Eating Slow and in Silence
With smartphones being in the hands of almost everyone it can be hard to do the simple things in peace. Eating in silence helps you appreciate your food. By smelling the aromas and tasting each bite without the need to check your Instagram or Facebook feed you're more prone to enjoying a meal. By eating slowly you can detect when you are full as it takes 10-15 minutes for the brain to send a message to the body - which leads to eating less and invaribly, weight loss.
Get more Turmeric in your Diet
Turmeric is found in most Indian dishes. It adds color and an earthy quality to food. The benefits are many. Some include lowering blood pressure, reducing inflammation and fostering a stronger memory. Check out a previous post as when dive deeper into the Benefits of Turmeric.
Yoga means union. It was first brought to America by Paramahansa Yogananda between the 1920-30's and has since grown to a world wide phenomena. Yoga aims to close the cap between the body and mind by connecting the two. Although the practices vary in many different forms - just getting into the practice will benefit you greatly. Stronger balance, increased lean muscle mass, better flexibility and a stronger sense of peace are just a few of the benefits. Check out Mind Body Green as they explain the 14 different types of Yoga.
Check out our other posts on health and wellness from the East!
- 8 Benefits of Neem
- Why you need more Turmeric in your Life
- Get more Coconut in your Diet!
- 5 Quotes from the Bhagavad Gita to help your day
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