Your body is a finely tuned instrument that needs to be properly taken care of as often as possible. Whether it’s by eating healthy foods, exercising regularly, or practicing good mental health, you should be doing whatever you can to make sure your body stays in tip top shape. While supplements and exercise may help, there are other ways to take care of your body as well.
Relieving mental stress is just as important as relieving physical stress, and can be done in a variety of ways, but the holistic practices of Ayurveda may be one you haven’t thought of yet. Ayurveda is a Hindu system of medicine that is based on the idea of balance within the body, and uses methods such as diets, herbal treatments, and meditation programs to achieve wellness in body and mind.
The holistic practices of Ayurveda also take yogic breathing and use it to relieve stress and relax the body. Whether you’re involved in Ayurvedic medicine or not, yoga can be a great way to improve your mental and physical health. As of 2015, over 15 million Americans practice yoga, which makes the number of people practicing worldwide is simply enormous. In a recent study, yoga was shown to have reduced blood pressure with just three weeks of regular practice, as well as relieve stress and promote a healthy lifestyle. In addition, those who practice regular meditation as a method of relaxation reported falling asleep more quickly and easily.
Ignoring the benefits of alternative medicine is not only keeping you from discovering a world of different health options, it could be preventing you from leading the kind of healthy lifestyle that you want! Trying new things is a part of life, and if those new things keep you in better health, then the sooner you try them the better. That’s not to say yoga should be mandatory, but if you find yourself stressed out and lethargic, it could be a better alternative than energy drinks and gym binges. Don’t let your health become anything less than top priority!