As a practitioner of Ashtanga yoga, a tradition that calls for practice six days per week (one day for rest), I am convinced that it is the changes we incorporate into our daily routines, however small or large, that create the largest impacts on our bodies, minds, and lives. In my dream world, we would all have both the ability and motivation to eat a whole-foods, plant-based diet, exercise regularly, and meditate daily. In lieu of that—or, even better, in addition to it!— I want to share two very small changes I have made over the years to my daily consumption habits, both of which take less than two minutes to prepare, include just a handful of ingredients, and have helped my digestion, and, thus, my overall health, enormously.
First things First: My wakeup call.
I start the day by drinking a mug of warm or hot water with a quarter of an organic lemon in it. (If you’re not using an organic lemon, just squeeze the juice into the water, without submerging the piece of lemon itself.) There are just too many benefits of this most simple remedy to list here, but consider it a kick start to your digestion, metabolism, and day.
Ending it Right: My last call.
I end the day by sipping homemade Cumin, Coriander and Fennel Tea in bed. I buy the seeds (organic if at all possible), mix them up in a jar in equal quantities, and then put about one teaspoon in a tea ball or strainer before pouring boiling water into the mug. Steep for five minutes before drinking, and voilà, you have one of Ayurveda’s most beloved beverages for improving digestion, aiding in detoxification, and calming inflammation. Try these for a week or two, and I promise you’ll feel lighter, calmer, and stronger, inside and out! Enjoy!
AUTHOR: Emma Bowen