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simple things you can do to nurture a glowing body
1. Go to sleep and awake at the same time each day and night
Getting one’s beauty sleep isn’t just a silly thing people say in fairy tales. Did you know that while you are asleep, your body repairs itself from the previous day’s stress? Your body is able to recharge and repair while you are at rest.
It is said that a good night’s sleep varies between 6-8 hours per night. Your predominant constitutional dosha determines how much sleep is necessary to feel fully rested and rejuvenated.
For instance, a Kapha type would thrive on 6 or 7 hours of sleep while a Vata type would do best with 8 hours of sleep per night and a Pitta type would do well with 7-8 hours per night. Kapha, Vata and Pitta are dosha types in the Ayuvedic system referring to unique mental and physical characteristics of each person. To discover and learn more about doshas types click here.
To go to bed then awake and arise at the same time each evening and morning is the best way to ensure a proper night’s sleep. According to Ayurveda, one should be in bed no later than 10pm and awake no later than 6am. This timing honors the cycle of the doshas and will guarantee the deepest, most productive “beauty sleep”.
2. Say no to ice water
Ice water is a common beverage, yet ice water shocks the digestive fire or agni. The digestive fire is necessary to burn and properly digest food. When you pour ice water over your digestive system the fire becomes extinguished and is therefore harder for the digestive tract to do its job effectively. You can begin to experience digestive disturbance such as: gas, bloating, sluggish digestion and even hyperacidity in the stomach if you habitually drink ice water.
Ayurveda recommends warm water, warm water with lemon or room temperature water to drink with and without meals. This may take some getting used to if you have always drank ice water, but its a fantastic change in the end. Your body will be able to effectively digest food releasing toxins more readily from your system.
3. Protect your sinuses
When one experience sinus issues, it wreaks havoc on daily life. Our recommendation is to neti daily. Neti is an Ayurvedic remedy for blocked nasal passages due to the result of pollution, dust, pollen, colds, sinus infections and other irritants. When you neti, you keep up with nasal care maintenance which will help keep sinus issues at bay.
One thing to also note, is to always use a nasya oil or nasal oil drops after your neti. This ensures that the nasal passage ways stay lubricated and protected.
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4. Replace body lotion with body oil
Ayurveda doesn’t recommend body lotions, use instead a high quality, organic, dosha specific body oil. Herbally infused body oils offer the all natural nourishment and protection of the base oil as well as the herbal power of the herbs infused into the oil. The result is a healthy, luxurious and protected skin.
5. Wash your face and remove makeup every evening
Even if you are exhausted, you gotta do it! Cleansing the face before bed as well as applying beneficial face oils to the skin, will do wonders for skin health. When the skin is cleaned and nourished before bedtime, skin cells can then repair and regenerate as we sleep. It is a simple beauty secret that we can all live by.
If you do not already have an evening skincare routine or even a skincare at all, take some time to wisely researched and choose an all natural, organic skincare from a good brand.
To schedule a complementary skincare consultation to get you on your way to radiant, healthy, beautiful skin we have partnered with PAAVANI Ayurveda at paavaniayurveda.com – mention YOGI TIMES.