#PukkaPositivity: Simple steps to support your health and wellbeing this January
1st January 2018
We've brought together helpful tips we can all use to refresh, restore and channel energy into simple actions that boost our health and wellbeing.
Love your liver
The liver is the major organ of detoxification. Bitter foods such as green tea, lemons and turmeric can help the body do its job more effectively, as can herbs such as spirulina, chlorella and wheatgrass juice found in Pukka's Clean Greens powder.
Drink more water
Drinking plenty of water is essential for a detox. Hot water in particular strengthens our digestion and is a great cleanser. Think of washing up: if you have a greasy plate and you use cold water, the fat will simply congeal. However, if you use warm water, the grease will melt away.
Drink this freely throughout the day, ideally with dunk of a soothing organic herbal teabag such as Feel New tea.
Aim to eat plenty of fibre-rich foods such as wholemeal grains and colourful vegetables which will help dilute the unmetabolised wastes that have built up over the previous weeks.
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If you need some help to get you moving, try taking our Wholistic Triphala capsules or Lean Matcha Green tea.
Don't deprive yourself
Eating healthily or cleansing doesn't mean depriving yourself. Try swapping main meals across two or three consecutive days with kitchari. The word kitchari, in Hindi, literally means “mixture” and sums up this perfect blend of nutritious finery perfectly.
Kitchari is a fantastically balancing meal that is light, nourishing and easy-to-digest, harnessing the goodness of vegetables, herbs, spices and nutritious oils. It's perfect food to eat during a period of cleansing.
Nourish your skin
The skin is a good indicator of how well your body is eliminating wastes. Skin blemishes, such as acne or boils, can be a sign that the bowels, liver and kidneys are not removing wastes properly, forcing the body to remove them via the skin. They could also indicate that your elimination system is overloaded with too many toxins.
Herbs such as turmeric, chamomile, nettles and burdock root are known to alter the chemistry of your tissues, bringing them back to optimum function through helping the lymph, liver, kidneys and intercellular fluid rebalance.
If you take the herbs with aloe vera it will have a stronger effect, as aloe vera is a ‘carrier’ to the skin and enhances absorption of nutrients by over 200%.
Relax and unwind
To ensure a good night’s rest, avoid caffeine in the afternoon, ensure you go to bed at roughly the same time each night and turn your bedroom into a den of tranquility (ie comfortable with no television or technology to excite the mind).
Balance your digestive fire with herbs
Ginger root is particularly good at reducing unwanted bloating, warming up the digestive tract and speeding up the digestive process.
It’s well documented that organic foods and herbs have higher levels of both primary nutrients and secondary metabolite compounds than conventionally grown crops.
The Soil Association says, ‘Organic farming and food systems are holistic, and are produced to work with nature rather than to rely on oil-based inputs such as fertilisers. Consumers who purchase organic products are not just buying food which has not been covered in pesticides, they are supporting a system that has the highest welfare standards for animals, bans routine use of antibiotics and increases wildlife on farms.”
Try Aloe Vera Juice
Aloe vera is a fantastic cleanser, helping to keep your digestion in tip top condition.
Always chose an organic aloe vera juice and one which uses the inner leaf to avoid a bitter taste. Drink it daily, first thing in the morning with water, juice or a green super food such as Pukka’s Clean Greens powder.
Put some zing in your life
One of nature’s greatest gifts, ginseng is one of the best rejuvenating herbs. It is perfect when you’re feeling tired but should only be used to complement a healthy lifestyle.
It lifts energy, nourishes the heart, tonifies immunity and reduces high blood sugar and cholesterol levels.
Do a digital detox
Choose an hour, an afternoon or a day to turn off your phone, log out of social media and power down your computer and see what happens.
Neuroscientists who observed 35 people that were totally cut off from their devices during an experiment in the Moroccan desert found some fascinating and compelling reasons why we need to disconnect at times. Their research showed that over the period of the experiment the subjects experienced more efficient sleep, enhanced memory, greater creativity and deeper friendships.
Love your skin
It’s often been said if we look young, we feel young. If you want your skin to feel rejuvenated, trying massaging a few drops of warm coconut oil into your face to lock in moisture. Do this once a day at nighttime for a week. Always choose certified organic cosmetics for your skin. Many non-organic cosmetics contain parabens as well as other compounds which are absorbed easily by the skin, with the body having no way of ridding itself of them. Look for an organic certification body symbol (such as the Soil Association’s) to ensure that what you are buying is definitely organic.
Give Yoga Nidra a go
Yoga Nidra is a powerful relaxation meditation technique performed in the lying position. It is one of the most beloved of all the relaxation-meditation techniques in the world today. That’s because the technique is practical and easy to do and creates the deep rest and relaxation required for rejuvenation.
Boost your winter immunity
Ward off the New Year chills by boosting your immunity with winter wellness herbs such as ginger included in trikatu (with a mix of black pepper and long pepper to help to blow away the cold). The humble elderberry is also a wonderful seasonal wellbeing gem. Take it as a syrup as soon as you feel a chill coming on.
Have a laugh
Researchers form the University of Oxford believe the ability to belly laugh was unique to early humans, enabling our ancestors to form much larger tribal groupings than the ape-like species that lived alongside them. Studies have also shown that laughter can decrease cortisol, the hormone associated with stress.
There’s no doubt that laughing raises your spirits and heartbeat, giving you an instant energy boost that’s good for your immune system too. A great Indian adage says, ‘Sau rogon ka dawai, hason! Yeh hain mera bhai’, which means ‘There is medicine for one hundred diseases, but laughter is my healing brother!’
Just like laughter, exercise is another fantastic way to release the body’s own anti-depressant, endorphins into your body. Moderate exercise such as swimming or jogging can help to release these natural chemicals into your body. It’s why we feel so much better after exercise.
Keep calm and take ashwagandha
The perfect herb for the 21st Century, ashwagandha has two key benefits: core calmness and inner vitality. It allows us to adapt to the stresses of everyday living, so that we are not wasting energy. This deeply nourishing herb gently rebuilds immunity and strength and slows ageing. It is perfect for periods of pressure.
Go for it
You are your best boss, your best doctor, your best inspiration. It’s all within you to create your future. No one else can. Wave that magic wand, see your vision and follow what you believe.
The more engaged you are in your life, the more alive and energetic you are likely to feel. So, what are you waiting for? Just go for it.