Ayurveda is the sister science of yoga.
The word Ayurveda, when translated from its sanskrit form, technically means the science of life. Beyond that it’s a 5,000-year-old system of natural healing that teaches you how to live in harmony with the laws of nature.Here are some simple ways you can start adapting to live a life more in line with the ayurvedic principles.
1. ditch the table salt, instead go for Himalayan salt.
Table salt is highly processed— it has few nutrients and can cause fluid retention. Himalayan salt has lots of trace minerals and regulates fluid balance in the body!
2. Instead of ground black pepper, try a pepper grinder.
Black pepper helps relieve indigestion, constipation, diarrhea, parasites and respiratory congestion. Personally I love making chai and including Black Pepper in my tea to help clear out the sinuses and help me breathe more easily. Personally, pre-ground black pepper doesn’t deliver. It lacks the potency of freshly ground black pepper from a pepper grinder, which is why it’s never very pungent.
3. Instead of butter, try ghee.
Ghee is clarified butter. It is highly regarded in Ayurveda for its healing properties.
Ghee has more medium and short-chain fats than butter, and has been shown to reduce bad cholesterol! It nourishes the body tissues and improves immunity, memory and intellect, stimulates the digestive fire and improves digestion—can you honestly say the same about butter?
Side note: I remember growing up as a little girl peeling packs of butter ready for my mother to heat to turn into ghee! Stay posted for an upcoming post on how to make your own ghee!
4. For cooking try coconut oil.
Coconut oil has many benefits and is a good replacement for any cooking oil, especially canola and ‘vegetable oil.’
Use in moderation thats the key! Coconut oil can withstand high temperatures—making it great for cooking—for all my vegan friends a great alternative to ghee!
5. USE JAGGERY INSTEAD OF REFINED WHITE SUGAR
White sugar is processed with chemicals and bleaches which reduces its nutritional content. Jaggery is a more raw, less processed form of sugar that contains calcium, phosphorus, potassium, magnesium, iron, copper, zinc and some B vitamins.
Ayurveda talks strongly about improving one’s digestive fire and jaggery is a greatly beneficial here and encourages healthy bowels.
This enables the flow of prana (life force) as the body is able to eliminate waste and digest existing food effectively.
Remember that there can be too much of a good thing so moderate your intake – just because the above are healthier than other options it is all about finding balance for your body 🙂
Over to you……!
How do you us ayurvedic herbs and spices in your kitchen?
Would you like to learn more about how to use yoga in order to balance your ayurvedic dosha?