The first thing you should do in the morning is to scrape your tongue. If you have never taken a peek at your tongue in the morning, please do! Ayurveda teaches us that we can learn a lot about what is going on in our bodies by only noticing the characteristics of our tongue. Dr. Pankaj Naram says that it can inform us on how we want to start our day. A body with healthy organs and a clear digestive tract will show up pretty pink.
A body with clogged organs or undigested food from the night before will show up with a layer of fuzz, quivers, indentations from teeth, or bumps (other than your taste buds). If your tongue has any of the latter qualities, you know that toxins are crawling in your body. To clear them out you can try drinking detoxifying juice. If you want to learn more about detoxifying your body, visit Dr. Pankaj Naram’s website. But first, you want to scrape off these toxins from your tongue, so you don’t re-ingest them into your system. Use a tongue scraper or the edge of a stainless steel spoon. You can find the tongue scrapers at most health food stores or online, reminds Dr. Naram.
Treat yourself to a green smoothie for breakfast. There a many different recipes for green smoothies out there, but Ayurveda encourages a seasonal diet and ingredients that balance out the qualities that are already occurring in nature. Now nature brings out the dry, rough, light and cold characteristics of life. This means for optimal health we want to go away from foods and activities that have these same qualities. The reason for this, reminds Dr. Pankaj Naram, is the idea is that too much of anything thing leads to sickness and disease, hence the need for balance.
Add more sweet, sour and salty foods into your diet. One way we can achieve balance in this season is by eating foods that ground, moisten, nurture and warm the body. Sweet, sour and salty tastes are the ideal. Dr. Pankaj Naram shares some examples of foods to include in your meals: fresh sweet fruits like mango, coconut, berries and peaches fresh, sour fruits like cherries, plums, green grapes, lemon and limes, sweet veggies like corn and peas.
Add cinnamon to tea or coffee. Cinnamon is considered to be the ancient healing spice. It doesn’t only enhances the flavor of any meal, but also has numerous health benefits in Ayurvedic medicine, reminds Dr. Pankaj Naram. Cinnamon is a soothing Ayurvedic spice that regulates blood-sugar which caffeine throws off.