Six steps to a healthier spring

springtulipsOver the weekend I had the pleasure of presenting a workshop on Ayurveda to a group of aspiring yoga teachers.  We discussed some misconceptions about Ayurveda, some of the history; it’s correlation to yoga as well as simplified ways to implement it into our lives.  During our talk I’d mentioned the benefits of eating seasonal fruits and vegetables, that what is ready in nature in our location is typically what is best for our bodies.

For instance, as we enter the spring season our bodies naturally want to shed the extra no longer needed now that winter is over and a good way to do that is to incorporate the fresh light greens in season today.  To best assist this natural process there are a few things that can be done, one of which is a nice gentle whole foods cleanse which I’m offering here but if that isn’t your thing here are some other fairly easy options.

Begin the day with warm water and fresh lemon.

What we start the day with has a big impact on our bodies.  Having warm lemon water aids digestion, strengthens our immunity as lemons are full of vitamin C and helps us start the day in a more alkaline state.

Dry body brush or perform an oil massage.

I wrote an article recently for SaratogaMama comparing these two practices.  Both are beneficial in their own right and either one will increase your circulation, stimulate lymphatic draining and improve your skin texture.  Also, quite cost efficient and easy to add to your day or night.

Drink LOTS of warm water, room temperature water and herbal teas.

I can’t really emphasize this enough.  When we aren’t hydrated we can suffer all sorts of problems like headaches, cravings, dry skin and constipation so when we are trying to cleanse the body this is likely one of the most important practices.  Aim for ½ your body weight in ounces, at least.

Eat more seasonal fresh fruits and vegetables than usual.

There are many vegetables seasonally ready for spring that will naturally assist in your plan.  Asparagus, broccoli, spinach, kale, collard greens and berries are just a few that would be great this time of the year.  Maybe start your day with a juice or smoothie or dedicate this week to having a nice big salad for lunch.

Get a massage.

Great to move energy, get deep into the tissues, release stagnant lymph and a great self-care practice.  A good massage could be its own detox plan.

Take an Epsom salt bath.

Epsom salt baths were a weekly routine of mine before my children were born, now reserved for much-needed me time.  But always during a cleanse or time I feel I need a detox or my muscles are especially sore.  Add 1-2 cups of Epsom salt to a full bath and a few drops of your favorite essential oil for added benefits.  If you’ve never experienced an Epsom salt bath go easy at first, the detoxification process can be intense at times.  Plan to spend 20 minutes in the bath and drink water during as well as afterwards for best results.

If you’re up for an organized cleanse this spring you’re likely to feel lighter, experience less cravings, sleep better and experience fewer allergy symptoms.  But if that isn’t in the cards for you then I hope you can try out one or two of my suggestions with little effort.

I’d love to hear what you do for yourself, to be healthier and happier.  Comment below if you feel like sharing.

with love + lightness,

Amber

 

 

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