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Ancient and Effective: Six Foods for Ayurvedic Healing

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Ayurveda medicine is an ancient (5,000 years ancient) holistic Indian healing practice. When being treated with ayurveda, the practitioner looks at the patient as an entire entity — body, soul, and mind. It utilizes various methods to promote wellness and treat illness including herbs, acupuncture, breathing, yoga, massage, and diet. The science behind ayurveda says that any bodily illness indicates that one’s foundation, or dosha, is out of balance — a situation that can be improved by dietary modifications. Try adding these five ingredients to your diet to live la vida ayurveda.

Water: We all know how crucial it is to drink lots of water. For absorption, healing, and digestion, ayurveda practitioners recommend patients to hydrate, hydrate, hydrate. Start the day with a glass or two of warm water to keep you feeling good all day long.

Fruits: Especially juice, ripe, and in season fruits are purifying and nutrient-packed. Enjoy fruits in their raw state when they’re at the peak of readiness to achieve the maximum benefits.

Leafy and Green Veggies: Vegetables are one of the world’s greatest purifiers and liver cleansers. Sautee leafy greens like chard or kale with a bit of oil and some of your favorite vegetables are both nutritive and purifying. Their bitter flavor stimulates the liver, helps balance blood sugar, and aids skin conditions. Prepare with a little ghee or oil.

Milk: Ayurveda medicine hails milk as one of the most powerful healers to those suffering from injury. Enjoy a cup of warmed milk with a dash of ginger, pepper, or cumin to soak up its maximum benefits.

Ginger: There’s nothing better for a rumbly tummy than a mug of warm ginger tea. Drink a glassful of hot water infused with ginger and lemon before large meal to aid in the absorption of nutrients and digestion process.

Clarified Butter or Ghee: A signature ingredient of Indian cuisine, ghee is one of the best foods to reduce stress and help digestion. It’s one of the best vehicles to transport vital nutrients into the system.

Edited by Jody Smith

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