At this time of year it’s not uncommon to feel a bit down in the dumps. Seasonal Adjustment Disorder (SAD) is now accepted as a real ‘thing’ and it is thought that the lack of day light hours effects our brains to makes us feel this way. (So it’s not just me then!!)
Coupled with the over-indulgencies of the Christmas period which may have piled on a few pounds and added a shade or two to the bags under the eyes; this time of year can leave us feeling heavy, sluggish, tired and basically a bit unenthusiastic.
It may be time to consider a detox – to rid your body of accumulated toxins that have gathered over the winter season. Other signs that could indicate a detox is in order are – lack-lustre skin, aching or stiff joints or a furry coating on your tongue (yuck!).
Ayurveda is an ancient sister-act of yoga which offers simple but effective treatments to bring the body back to its natural condition. There are a variety of detox methods some which you can safely do at home and some which you can visit an Ayurveda therapist for (I think our nearest is in Leicester).
Ayurveda believes that all illness starts when our digestion doesn’t work properly. When the digestive fire (called Agni) is disturbed and food is not fully digested, it becomes a sticky, foul-smelling toxic residue known as ‘Ama’. If this is left to build up, it can further subdue the digestive system, clogging it up and creating imbalances that eventually lead to disease.
One of the simplest things you can do to boost your digestive power, according to Ayurveda, is to drink warm water. (Crikey, is it really that simple???) Well why not swap your tea and coffee and give it a try? Plain water is fine but you can also add a couple of slices of fresh ginger. Cold drinks are best avoided, especially iced drinks as they can weaken your digestive fire – quite literally putting it out.
The same goes for your diet – go for warming soups and vegetable stews and avoid bread, cheese, meat pastries and cakes. These are heavy foods and congest the digestive system. Raw fruit and vegetables can also strain the digestive system, so it’s best to keep these to a minimum.
The Ayurvedic approach aims to support your digestive system – to rid it of ailments and get it running smoothly. The warm water detox can help to do this.