“Ayurveda Made Simple” by Alicia Patterson

Cleaning the lymph and keeping it flowing.  It’s all about our drainage system!  All issues really come down to our drains and how healthy our lymph is.  If our drains are clogged we get GI inflammation, inflammation of the joints, bowel issues, acne, mood swings…etc.  The ailments go on.  The basic of the science of Ayurveda (the Indian medicinal system) is keeping the lymph and drains flushed and open.  Ayurveda doesn’t have to be complicated; it is simply following the natural course of life and balancing our activities and diet to support what we need.

Here are some simple tips to clean the lymph:

  • Rub oil all over the body gently (olive, sesame, coconut all work well; in the shower is less messy)
  • Rub oils in the ears and up the nose in the winter time to stay lubricated and open (I gently use a Q tip with oil on the end and then wipe away excess oil with a tissue)
  • Neti pot: nasal cleansing pot with water and salt
  • Dry brush / body scrub: stimulates the skin system to move what’s underneath
  • Balance diet according to your “dosha” or type.

There are three different types of body / mind according to Ayurveda.  Most of us typically have two main types (there are some whom embody all three and some whom are primarily one).  There are also many of us whom exhibit traits of one type in our mind but of another in our body.  Eating and living according to your type doesn’t mean you can ONLY eat certain foods and only do certain activities.  It is a simply guideline on what may help bring you into a more balanced state.  When you feel out of balance you can look to how you’re living and eating to make small adjustments to meet your full potential.  For example someone who is Pitta (fiery) in nature may not want to eat a lot of spicy food during the warm summer months.  Below is a brief description of the types and ways to balance them.

The types are Vata (air), Pitta (fire), and Kapha (water).  Vata are usually thin, light, spacey, quiet, and artistic (by general description).  Vata people may be more subject to anxiety, weight loss, varying appetite and energy, and depression.  So, Vata people will do well with warm, calming, grounding foods.  They should stick to light activity and exercise that can help ground them such as meditation, dancing, yoga, light aerobics, and weight lifting to give them more strength.

Pitta is the fiery dosha.  These are the people whom have tons of energy, average athletic physical builds, and good motivation.  They can be subject to temper flares, over-heating and over-eating, and inflammation.  Their balancing lifestyle will include light and calm / cool foods, steady physical exercise with some competition, and calming activities to balance with rest.

Kapha is the cool and damp dosha.  People of this type are calm, grounded, and comforting.  They can be subject to laziness, obesity, and stagnation.  Activities to balance this dosha will be anything stimulating and vigorous.  They have the strength for high intensity exercise and need it to balance their high need for food.  They also do well with creative activity because they are very intelligent.  Food wise they will do better by staying away from overly damp foods such as ice cream, pizza, cheese, and a lot of meat.  Foods with lighter and higher energy such as chicken fish, grains, and all kinds of vegetables and fruits will be good for them.

So you see, Ayurveda can be simple when you break it down.  If you’re interested in finding out what type you are, visit DOSHA WEBSITE.  And if you’d like to find out which foods suit your type (it’s often based on season as well), visit FOOD WEBSITE.  Ayurveda also follows food combining guidelines (only eating certain foods together) but as long as you stick to more natural foods, food combining isn’t always necessary.

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