Let's talk OIL!
It's true that in the summertime, our bodies generally prefer lighter healthy fats. But, we don't want to eliminate them completely.
Consuming some oil this month can be extremely beneficial to your overall wellbeing.
Two BIG reasons:
1. Adding oil to your food makes it easier to digest.
2. Oil is ESSENTIAL for hydration, as your cells simply cannot absorb water without oil.
As I discussed in earlier posts, during the month of July digestive fires are at their lowest, and hot temps leave our bodies parched. Support your body this month by adding oil into your diet and regimen.
Here are some TIPS on how to use oil in the month of July!
• Drizzle a light oil, like flaxseed, on your salad or cooked veggies.
• Cook with oil. That being said, be mindful of smoke point when cooking at high heat, as exceeding the smoke point causes free radicals and inflammation in the body. I say, when in doubt, use avocado oil, which has a high smoke point of 520°F.
• Note that it is especially important to combine difficult-to-digest foods, like cruciferous veggies, with oil.
• Add MCT oil to your morning beverage and smoothies!
• Make a hydrating hair mask. Olive oil, coconut oil, and sesame oil are all good options. Combine with other kitchen staples, like avocado, egg, honey, banana, or full-fat yogurt for extra luster!
• Give yourself a warm oil massage! Abhyanga (self-oil massage) is a daily Ayurvedic practice that's been around for about 5,000 years. Plant-based oils are similar to the oils our skin naturally produces, which is why abhyanga cleans, moisturizes, and strengthens the skin without clogging pores. To practice abhyanga: Warm oil on stovetop over low heat. Sit or stand in shower and massage the oil into your ears, hair (if desired), face, and entire body for 15 to 20 minutes. Start at the top of your body and move downward. Use up and down motions on the limbs, clockwise, circular motions on the joins, heart, and abdomen, and inward motions over the ribs. Finish by thoroughly massaging the feet. Ayurveda recommends sesame oil for dry, rough skin, coconut oil for acne-prone, oily skin, and almond, olive, or sesame oil for moist, combination skin.
• Try another Ayurvedic practice – oil pulling. Swish sesame, olive, or coconut oil around in your mouth when you wake up in the morning for up to 20 minutes. Spit out in the trash and rinse your mouth well with water before eating or drinking. This practice helps kill harmful bacteria, and reduce inflammation and bad breath.
Are you excited about oil yet!? How will you use it this month?
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