Easy ways to honor your mind and body
2nd February 2018
This is a great time of year to focus inward and set your body and mind up for a healthful and year. We've brought together helpful tips we can all use to refresh, restore and channel positive energy into simple actions that boost our health and wellbeing.
Love your liver
Drink more water
Drinking plenty of water is essential for a detox. Hot water in particular strengthens our digestion and is a great cleanser. Drink this freely throughout the day, ideally with a soothing organic herbal tea such as Pukka Detox.
Don't deprive yourself
Cleansing doesn't mean depriving yourself of the nutrition your body and mind need to function and thrive. Clean, organic foods like whole grains, leafy greens, healthy fats, and legumes are delicious ways to make sure your body is getting what it needs, while avoiding highly processed foods.
Nourish your skin
The skin is a good indicator of how well your body is eliminating wastes. Skin blemishes, such as acne, can be a sign that the bowels, liver and kidneys are not removing wastes properly, forcing the body to remove them via the skin. They could also indicate that your elimination system is overloaded with too many toxins.
Herbs such as turmeric, chamomile, nettles and burdock root are known to alter the chemistry of your tissues, bringing them back to optimum function through helping the lymph, liver, kidneys and inter-cellular fluid rebalance.
Relax and unwind
To ensure a good night’s rest, avoid caffeine in the afternoon, ensure you go to bed at roughly the same time each night and turn your bedroom into a den of tranquility (ie comfortable with no television or technology to excite the mind).
Balance your digestive fire with herbs
Support your diet with digestion enhancing herbs and spices such as ginger, cardamom, mint, fennel and celery seed. Ginger root is particularly good at reducing unwanted bloating, warming up the digestive tract and speeding up the digestive process.
Do a digital detox
Choose an hour, an afternoon or a day to turn off your phone, log out of social media and power down your computer and see what happens.
Neuroscientists who observed 35 people that were totally cut off from their devices during an experiment in the Moroccan desert found some fascinating and compelling reasons why we need to disconnect at times. Their research showed that over the period of the experiment the subjects experienced more efficient sleep, enhanced memory, greater creativity and deeper friendships.
Love your skin
It’s often been said if we look young, we feel young. If you want your skin to feel rejuvenated, trying massaging a few drops of warm coconut oil into your face to lock in moisture. Do this once a day at nighttime for a week. Always choose certified organic cosmetics for your skin. Many non-organic cosmetics contain parabens as well as other compounds which are absorbed easily by the skin, with the body having no way of ridding itself of them. Look for an organic certification body symbol (such as the Soil Association’s) to ensure that what you are buying is definitely organic.
Give Yoga Nidra a go
Yoga Nidra is a powerful relaxation meditation technique performed in the lying position. It is one of the most beloved of all the relaxation-meditation techniques in the world today. That’s because the technique is practical and easy to do and creates the deep rest and relaxation required for rejuvenation.
Have a laugh
Researchers form the University of Oxford believe the ability to belly laugh was unique to early humans, enabling our ancestors to form much larger tribal groupings than the ape-like species that lived alongside them. Studies have also shown that laughter can decrease cortisol, the hormone associated with stress.
There’s no doubt that laughing raises your spirits and heartbeat, giving you an instant energy boost that’s good for your immune system too. A great Indian adage says, ‘Sau rogon ka dawai, hason! Yeh hain mera bhai’, which means ‘There is medicine for one hundred diseases, but laughter is my healing brother!’
Just like laughter, exercise is another fantastic way to release the body’s own anti-depressant, endorphins into your body. Moderate exercise such as swimming or jogging can help to release these natural chemicals into your body. It’s why we feel so much better after exercise.