Some ancient traditions are outdated. But there are several ancient traditions that I believe are important to health and healthy aging and they still work great!
1. Lemon Water
First thing every morning I drink a cup of warm water with the juice of a half lemon. This time of year the lemon is from my garden. I feel fantastic starting my day with this power drink.
Even though we perceive lemon juice as acidic, it actually alkalinizes and balances pH levels in the body.
We all know lemon is an excellent source of vitamin C, but it is also:
- Rich in calcium
- Rich in potassium
- Has traces of vitamin A and iron
- Contains pectin fiber, which is beneficial for colon health
Lemon juice helps:
- Maintain our immune system
- Performs as a blood purifier
- Has antibacterial properties
- Balances our pH levels
2. Neti Pot
Like many people, I resisted the neti pot at first, but it has been used for centuries as a way of cleansing the sinuses and also as prevention of colds and flues.
As a yoga teacher, I have taught hundreds of people this easy and beneficial technique using warm water, sea salt, and a slight tip of the head to pour the water in one nostril and have it flow out of the other flushing out impurities and ensuring good breathing.
Here is a bit about the modern use of this centuries old technique from WebMD…
“Ear, nose, and throat surgeons recommend nasal irrigation with a Neti pot or other method for their patients who’ve undergone sinus surgery, to clear away crusting in the nasal passages.
Many people with sinus symptoms from allergies and environmental irritants also have begun to regularly use the Neti pot or other nasal irrigation devices, claiming that these devices alleviate congestion, and facial pain and pressure. Research backs up these claims, finding that nasal irrigation can be an effective way to relieve sinus symptoms when used along with standard sinus treatments.”
You can find detailed instructions, along with videos on how to use the neti pot…where else, YouTube!
Third on my list of ancient traditions is practicing daily meditation.
I’ll occasionally listen to a guided meditation but usually I just sit quietly with deep, slow breathing, going within – noticing the silence and finding my center.
There have been many spiritual practices associated with meditation for thousands of years but now we have scientific evidence confirmed by MRIs and EEGs that describe meditation benefits from a purely physical point of view.
Meditation is great for:
- Reducing stress
- Improving concentration
- Encouraging a healthy lifestyle
- Increasing self-awareness
- Increasing happiness
- Benefiting cardiovascular and immune health
- Helping Preserve the Aging Brain
4. Micronized Purple Rice
My favorite ancient tradition is an ancient food in a new and improved form…my Micronized Purple Rice.
Micronized Purple Rice is made from a newly re-discovered 2,000-year-old heirloom strain of purple rice and grown in Thailand in a pristine valley that has never seen GMOs or pesticides or chemicals.
This starts out as food was 2,000 years ago.
Then, just the heirloom nutrients are removed.
It takes 60 pounds of this rare rice to make one pound of the product…which is then milled down to the size of a micron.
This small size allows the polysaccharides, polypeptides, and antioxidants to penetrate our damaged and resistant cell membranes, fuel our cellular batteries (the mitochondria) to produce ATP Light Energy– or life force itself — and then recharge, repair and revitalize cells throughout our bodies. True anti-aging.
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