Ageing the Ayurvedic way–

Deja’s founder Sara gave Natural Health Magazine some Ayurvedic secrets to ageing well!

We know - the thought of ageing is no one’s favourite. However, there are some simple tips that might make growing old gracefully really easy. 

In Ayurveda, we know that getting older is normal, but also that lots of the things we associate with the process are preventable! We also believe that nature provides all the tools we need to promote health and radiate youth. Here are our favourite quick switches and lifestyle fixes that keep the not-so-nice parts of the ageing process at bay.

 

Get into scraping

Adding a tongue scraping ritual to your daily routine can improve your overall health by removing any toxins that have been eliminated by your body at night. Not just that but it stops you from swallowing them and improves digestion, which research shows is key to good health. Our tongue scraper is made of copper too, which is an ancient metal prized for its antibacterial properties.

 

Warm up your water 

As you age, your metabolism slows down. But, you can speed it up, and regulate your digestion by drinking a cup of hot water in the morning before you consume anything else. You’ll find yourself feeling fresher because hot water is better absorbed by the body than cold, and is even more hydrating. It’s a win-win!

 

A stroke of luck 

Not only does a relaxing massage feel great but it has a number of health benefits for all ages, including older adults. Warm up Coconut, Sesame or Jojoba Oil between your hands and work it across your body in circular motions. It’s great for your skin, your circulation and your heart; plus, it’s the perfect way to unwind and spend time focusing on you. 

 

Make time to meditate 

In our busy day-to-day lives, stress is virtually unavoidable; unfortunately, it’s also responsible for premature signs of ageing. If you can’t get rid of the cause, how you manage it counts. Meditation is an ultra-important tool, calming and soothing overworked minds and improving memory in the mix - great for boosting vitality and an easy way for older people to stay active. 

During this time, you should also refrain from using your phone and have an hour away from your social networks. That way, you can stay connected to yourself and really enjoy a moment of calm. 

 

Eat for your dosha 

First, if you don’t know it, it’s time to discover your dosha. In Ayurveda, there are three different doshas (or body types)  — airy Vata, fiery Pitta and cool, calm collected Kapha. Whichever is dominant for you determines the food that’s best for you to eat to maintain your body’s balance. Eating foods favoured for your dosha improves your overall health and allows you to feel younger for longer. 

Certain foods and spices are also said to reduce illnesses like heart attacks and type 2 diabetes as well as improving your quality of life, thanks to their anti-inflammatory properties. 

These are just a few of Ayurveda’s tips on ageing gracefully. Be sure to follow us on Instagram for more ideas on living your best life the Ayurvedic way.