I hope everyone had a nice weekend. I managed to stay pretty active despite the heat, and fit in some Pilates and yoga. I also rented a bike, and rode around NYC for the first time on Saturday! I’ve lived here over six years, but better late than never I guess. It probably would have helped if we checked out a Manhattan Bike Map beforehand, but we made it in one piece. Can’t wait to do it again.
Let’s get to it! Last Monday I blogged about Meatless Monday, one of the non-profit initiatives of The Monday Campaigns (Have you pledged to go Meatless Monday yet? You can do so by clicking here.); I figured I’d keep up with the theme of Healthy Monday today, and share an article I read over the weekend, “Why You Should Drink Warm Water & Lemon” by Ashley Pitman. If you need a healthy goal for the week, this is an easy one!
But, before I delve into what warm water & lemon even does, I’d like to give you some background on something called Ayurveda. Ayur-what? Ayurveda! Otherwise known as “the science of life”, Ayurveda is a holistic approach to create balance within the mind and the body by aligning oneself with nature. It originated in India, and the idea is to cleanse the body of substances that cause illness through proper diet and lifestyle. To go a little deeper, it’s believed that disease stems from an imbalance of the three doshas:
- Vata – controls muscle and joint movement, breathing, heartbeat and the nervous system
- Pitta – controls digestion, metabolism, intelligence and skin color
- Kapha – controls immune system and physical structure of the body
Ayurvedic treatment is usually a combination of yoga, breathing exercises, meditation*, mantras, cleanses (yes, this is the reason I’m getting into all of this), and rubbing the skin with herbal oil. There you have it!
So back to this warm water & lemon, my Healthy Monday idea – all you need is some warm water & the juice of half a lemon! Easy enough, and it just so happens to have lots of great benefits:
- Boots your immune system
- Balances pH
- Helps with weight loss
- Aids digestion
- Acts as a gentle, natural diuretic
- Clears skin
- Hydrates the lymph system
Why not? Try and fit it in your morning routine, and come back and share your thoughts in the comments below!
*Since it’s Healthy Monday and we’re on the topic of Ayurveda, I figured I’d throw in another interesting article I read this weekend, “Meditation: The Truth Behind the Trend” by Cristina Goyanes. Meditation has lots of benefits, including reducing stress, insomnia, chronic pain and depression. It also has shown to strengthen immunity. A few pointers:
- You can do it anywhere
- You just have to sit quietly, close your eyes and breathe (so easy!)
- Beginner? Just start by fitting it in 2 minutes, 5 days/week and work your way up
- You don’t have to sit crossed legged with your hands in prayer – just make yourself comfy
- Your mind doesn’t have to go completely blank, all that matters is you try to concentrate on your breath
Give it a try, I dare you! At the very least you’ll feel more relaxed.
Have any other Healthy Monday ideas? Do tell! Here’s to a great week…