3 Affordable Morning Rituals to Add to your Life NOW

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!

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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.  


Tongue Scraping

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. 


Tea

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:

Tazo Organic Chai

Yogi Organic Ginger Tea

Sakara Detox Tea


Oil Pulling

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.”

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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

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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!

xoxo

Krista 

The deets on OIL PULLING (aka how to get super white teeth)

Oh hello you! Sharing from Bali! A few more days left here, staying at the AYANA Resort and it's basically the nicest place I've ever been, I feel like I'm on another planet TBH.

How are you? How was the weekend? So crazy it's fall now right? Loving the season change!

I wanted to share today's post with ya!

More weird shit y’all. Weird shit that WORKS.

You may have heard of coconut oil for moisturizing your hair and body, for fat loss or even for cooking. It's got properties that make it good to add to your diet and beauty routine.

Oh and The Skinny Confidential cites it as the best lube - LOL. Yes, Lube. 

But if you don't know about oil pulling you should because it's so cheap, so easy and a natural way to improve your health.

It's the best way to whiten your teeth, improve gum and oral health and make your breath super fresh. It's how I keep my teeth super white, without using white strips (which hurt my teeth!) 


So, what is oil pulling?

Oil pulling is an old trick to clean your mouth, remove the germs and clean yourself. Part of Ayurvedic medicine. Taking 20 minutes in the morning, you oil ‘pull’ the germs from your mouth with coconut oil each day before you eat or drink anything else.

Vogue says,

For those unfamiliar with the Ayurvedic practice—which has been credited as a potential cure-all for everything from headaches and allergies to hormone imbalances and acne in recent months—it involves swishing a high quality food-grade oil in your mouth (sesame, olive, or coconut, for example) for twenty minutes, then spitting it out. The ancient cleansing method is meant to eliminate bacteria and microorganisms and, along the way, purportedly detoxifying the body’s lymph nodes, glands, and even skin by default.

So, Vogue is in on this. Let's get to it.


How to do it:

Make sure to do it in the morning, before you've eaten or drank anything, you can also do it before each meal to further increase your dental and oral health.

It's best described via some of the detail from wellness mama,

  1. Put 1-2 teaspoons of oil into the mouth.

  2. Swish for 20 minutes. Apparently the timing is key, according to Dr. Bruce Fife, author of Oil Pulling Therapy, as this is long enough to break through plaque and bacteria but not long enough that the body starts re-absorbing the toxins and bacteria. The oil will get thicker and milky as it mixed with saliva during this time and it should be creamy-white when spit out. It will also double in volume during this time due to saliva. 

  3. Spit oil into the trash can.  Especially if you have a septic system like I do… don’t spit into the sink! The oil may thicken and clog pipes. Do not swallow the oil as it is hopefully full of bacteria, toxins and pus that are now not in the mouth!

  4. Rinse well with warm water. Warm water seems to clean the mouth better. I swish a few times with warm water to get any remaining oil out of my mouth. Some sources recommend swishing with warm salt water.

  5. Brush your teeth well.


Positive Benefits:

Helps reduce overall oral health: The lipids in oil reduce the adhesion of bacteria to the teeth and gums.

Relieves bad breath: Reduces plaque to support the health and gums. 

Some sources claim that cavities have also been shown to be reduced by up to 50% in people who practice oil pulling.

Whitens teeth, naturally.

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I wouldn’t have shared this if I didn’t think it worked. Honestly. But oil pulling WORKS. I don’t do it for the full 20 minutes (who has twenty minutes?) but about 5-8 minutes before I eat breakfast or do anything else and I notice an immediate glean of my teeth.

I don’t use white stripes anymore, and I love this as the way to keep my teeth white, naturally.

Listed benefits beyond dental health?

Many holistic practitioners cite other benefits of oil pulling. It is believed that oil pulling stimulates the lymphatic system and aids in the transport of toxins away from vital organs. The reported benefits of oil pulling include:

  1. Clear skin
  2. Beter digestion
  3. WEIGHT LOSS
  4. Promotes normal sleep patterns
  5. Helps kidney and liver function

What you need and where to get it:

I seriously love natural, easy, cheap ways to keep you pretty/healthy/fit. This one, is one of those!

Here I have Trader Joes photographed because I always pick it up from the store and it's super easy. 

You can shop the best coconut oils below:

Another one of the best brands for coconut oil is The Skinny Co. Coconut Cil which is a SUPER high quality coconut oil.

It's unrefined, eco-friendly, and alkaline. I have been using their coconut oil for the past few weeks, either cooking, pulling or even eating at night so my metabolism stays up to burn through the evening! 

They actually have a special oil for pulling that has essential oils in it too which makes it taste AMAZING. I love love this one. Get it here.


P.S...other great uses for coconut oil:

  1. Body lotion. It makes your hands, and skin SUPER smooth.
  2. Put coconut oil in smoothies for added health benefits and smoothness.
  3. Eye makeup remover. Its also an all natural moisturizer. 
  4. For shaving. Makes your legs smooth and super affordable. 
  5. In tea or coffee. Helps fill you up for the day with healthy fats.
  6. In cooking. It's a stable and healthy alternative to olive oil. 
  7. LUBE, LOL. Via The Skinny Confidential

Actually going to go oil pull now after reading all these benefits. SUPER amped on white teeth and weight loss....(I know I'm the worst, LOL).

Have you guys tried oil pulling? Any other uses for coconut oil? Seriously it's like a MIRACLE! Super cheap, natural and you can use it for EVERYTHING!

Crazy!

Keep me posted - I love chatting with you in the comments.

xo

Krista 

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