Ohhh there was one podcast we did recently that I kept thinking, 'I need to blog about this ASAP'.
It was the episode with the amazing, Sahara Rose. She is the author of The Idiots Guide to Ayurveda, nutritional consultant, podcast host, and so much more. She is a guru and everything she mentioned during the podcast made so much SENSE!
In this episode, Sahara bridges the gap between Eastern and Western health systems, by helping people tap into their body's own innate healing wisdom.
I always make sure to scrape my tongue in the morning to reset and start my day with clean senses and a clean tongue. It literally takes 2 seconds, and you can buy a tongue scraper, or just use something like a spoon for free, ha.
In the Charaka Samhita, an early Ayurvedic text, it says that by cleaning the tongue, it "removes foul smell, tastelessness … and by taking out dirt coated on the tongue, teeth and mouth brings relish immediately.”
By removing the coating and stimulating the tongue it helps balance the heavy and dulling qualities in your diet and lifestyle.
Scraping the tongue daily removes any build-up on the tongue, which, if left untreated, can lead to bad breath and may house a significant number of bacteria.
In addition, from an Ayurvedic perspective, by removing this coating you improve your ability to taste your food, which makes it more satisfying.
Many of the beneficial phytonutrients and “body signals” that your food contains are first interpreted by the mind-body upon contact with receptors on the tongue. You want to improve this communication between your food and your body by removing any coating that is interfering with that connection.
One of the biggest takeaways from the podcast, was that our digestive system is like a fire. It's important to keep it going, and by having cold foods all the time you essentially put out that fire. This is why so many foods in Ayurveda traditions are warm, or served hot. Your digestive system can assimilate the nutrients much easier, and keeps everything flowing.
When we drink ice-cold water, it slows blood flow in the region of the stomach and slows the action of digestive enzymes. Blood flow and digestive enzymes are directly responsible for strong digestion, and anything we can do to support blood flow and enzyme action will help our digestion. We want to help, not hinder our ability to digest.
Ayurvedic teas or drinks suited to our physiology, formulated to correct a specific imbalance, can assist in bringing our bodies into balance.
I now make it a practice to warm up water, and have tea in the morning as part of my ritual. It gets everything flowing, and also helps me to hold off on having breakfast right away. While I am sipping my tea, I'll usually write a few words in my gratitude journal, too!
My favorite teas:
Called by Mind Body Green as The Single Most Effective Ayurvedic Practice For Your Mouth, it's been amazing for my oral health.
"When you put it in your mouth and work it around your teeth and gums it “pulls” out bacteria and other debris. As simple as it is, oil pulling has a very powerful detoxifying effect. Our mouths are the home to billions of bacteria, viruses, fungi and other parasites and their toxins. Candida and Streptococcus are common residents in our mouths. It is these types of germs and their toxic waste products that cause gum disease and tooth decay and contribute to many other health problems including arthritis and heart disease. Our immune system is constantly fighting these troublemakers. If our immune system becomes overloaded or burdened by excessive stress, poor diet, environmental toxins and such, these organisms can spread throughout the body causing secondary infections and chronic inflammation, leading to any number of health problems.”
I did a post on it previously here, but have brought it back into my routine because it's so simple, and I really notice a difference in the color of my teeth. They look whiter from root to tip. Plus, did you guys know how bad for you Fluoride is? Make sure you don't have Fluoride in your toothpaste, yo! I use brands like Jason, and Hello.
One of my favorite coconut oil's you can buy here.
Take the quiz on Sahara Rose's website to determine your dosha!
We are all comprised of unique energies called Doshas in Ayurveda. Our mind-body type is related to our physiology, digestion, metabolism, personality and so much more. Take Sahara's quiz to find out your Ayurvedic mind and body type, which may be different!
I took mine, and I am pretty split between Kapha and Vatta. I am going to do a full post on the dosha's with help from Sahara soon, but take the quiz! It's so interesting and helpful.
Any tips that I may have missed? Let me know! Also what is your dosha? Would love to know!