Are you on a journey towards mind and body wellness? Are you looking for simple, effective, quick and self-help remedies? Then you have hit the right post! I am going to share with you ancient remedies for healing your body and mind.
The pH of your body plays a key role in maintaining a healthy mind and body. The pH scale is used to measure the acidity or alkalinity of something and serves as an important tool in our self-care endeavours. The total pH scale ranges from 1 -14, with one being most acidic and 14 being the most alkaline and 7 is considered to be neutral. 7.30 to 7.45 is the ideal pH for the human body. As you can see it is slightly alkaline. If the number goes down it makes your body acidic. You can measure your body pH level using purchasable litmus strips.
There is a dearth of studies showing that it’s possible to influence the body’s ph for better health and well-being. But, there are some traditional practices, that consider acidity and alkalinity as a measure of well-being.
When the acid levels in your blood are high also called acidosis, it triggers early ageing, cancer and disturbs the endocrine glands, which in turn compromises all the body functions. In Ayurveda, the pitta dosha is based on fire and water and the heat energy is invisible. When Pitta becomes out of balance your pH levels in the body turns acidic.
Causes of acidosis are –
- Chronic alcohol use
- Excess conumption of white flour and sugar
- High temperature
- Heart failure
- Liver failure
- Prolonged lack of oxygen
- Low blood sugar
Signs of metabolic and respiratory acidosis are:
- Shortness of breath.
- Fatigue or drowsiness.
- Becoming tired easily.
- lack of appetite.
- Increased heart rate.
- rapid and shallow breathing.
And things that make your mind acidic are – stress, impatience, anger. These are also known as Pitta afflictions in Ayurveda and are manifested as –
- Acid reflux, heartburn, and hair loss.
- Excess generation of heat in the body.
- Inflammation of the joints.
- Anger & irritability.
- Bad breath.
- Nausea, diarrhea or constipation.
- Body odor.
- Excessive sweating.
Without proper treatment, the long-term consequences are chronic indigestion, irritable bowel syndrome, ulcers, and other serious medical conditions.
How to keep your pH levels in balance or your mind and body alkaline?
There are simple ayurvedic remedies to keep your Pitta in balance and heal your mind and body.
Here’re 6 ancient remedies that can heal your mind and body:
1. Go for an alkaline diet.
Whatever we eat affects the pH of the body and if your body becomes too acidic it results in skin problems, weight gain, and inflammation-induced illnesses. So, Ayurveda suggests an alkaline diet.
An alkaline diet mainly comprises fresh vegetables and fruits, seeds, legumes, tofu, green tea, olives, wild rice. It is low in fat, calories and eliminates red and processed meats, alcohol and dairy. This diet balances the pH of the body.
Health benefits of alkaline diet:
- Promote weight loss
- Increases the level of growth hormone
- Improve kidney health
- Prevents cancer
- Improves heart health and muscle health
- Helps with symptoms of back pain
- Improve bone health
Please note that most of the studies claiming the health benefits of an alkaline diet are small and the results are inconclusive. The alkaline diet is ranking 29th on the 2021 U.S. News and World Report Best Diets and has an overall score of 2.5/5.
2. Oil pulling.
This timeless Ayurvedic practice in India involves swishing oil in your mouth, which is the first thing you should do in the morning. This is a cheap and quick method to remove bacteria and improve your oral hygiene. Oil pulling moisturizes the gums and increases saliva production that can reduce bacteria. The enzyme in this raw fat pulls out toxins and excess acidity.
You just need to take one tablespoon of cold-pressed, unrefined coconut oil and swiss around your mouth for 15-20 minutes and then spit.