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Ayurvedic Techniques for Healthier Mind and Body

BY Vasudha BhatNov 24, 2014

Debunking the Myth

A healthful diet and regular workout is what would strike you when it comes to having a healthy mind and body. But, did you know there are few lesser known Ayuvedic practices that can help you lose weight, detoxify the body and improve your overall health. Here are some of them.

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Meditation

A study conducted in San Francisco had 47 overweight women who were divided into two groups. One group received training in mindful eating and they indulged in 30 minutes of mediation every day. After four months, the women who meditated had lost more than a pound of belly fat and seen a tremendous decrease in their stress hormone levels. On the other hand, the control group gained weight continually.

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Breathing Exercise

Pranayama or breathing exercise clears the carbon dioxide from lungs and increases oxygen intake. This gives your body more vital energy. Practicing Pranayama massages the internal organs and improves digestion by stimulating metabolism.

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Tongue Scraping

This technique will let you remove toxins present on your tongue. When the taste buds are covered with bacteria and plaque, tasting food becomes harder. This leads to adding more sugar or salt into the food, causing overeating.

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Oil Pulling

Dr F. Karach, MD who introduced this technique to the world claims that from digestive disorders to heart diseases, oil pulling has the ability to treat various illnesses. Oil pulling is a method of swishing oil in the mouth for a few seconds.

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Massage

Lowering blood pressure, increasing muscle tone, reducing stress and increasing lymphatic flow are the benefits of massage. A study by National Institute of Health in 2009 showed that abdominal massage could reduce constipation and increase bowel movement.

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Sweating

Your skin is the largest organ of detoxification. As the pores of your skin enlarge, all the impurities from the body get released from the body through sweat glands. When you sweat, the circulation also increases which helps the body to get rid of excess water weight.

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Enema

Basti or enema is a treatment which uses herbal oils being induced into the rectum to lubricate the intestinal tract and to flush out toxins. Get this treatment everyday for at least a week. The positive changes will leave you speechless.

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Laughing

When you laugh, the endorphins are released and the blood circulation is stimulated. Watch a comedy movie, read or share jokes and laugh out loud to feel relaxed.

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Warm Water and Ginger Tea

Drinking cold water can hinder the digestive system. Therefore, you must drink a lot of warm or hot water along with ginger tea throughout the day and with meals. Ginger tea increases Agni, the digestive fire which promotes digestion.

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