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5 Ayurvedic Detox Tips

Nicole Dechow

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Ayurveda and Yoga are like sister and brother. In the core they support each other and come from the same root – the ancient vedic scriptures which hold the knowledge of all life. 

Ayurveda helps us to keep our body and mind healthy and strong so we can live a happy and meaningful life. 
When we understand our true nature, we find cure and balance also within nature. 

Here are my 5 super easy and effective Detox Tips - suitable for all Doshas*:

1. Lemon Water
It is so easy and so effective. Before having anything else have a glass of warm water with fresh lemon in the morning. This will help your body get rid of  accumulated toxins (ama) in the deeper tissues and your digestion.

2. Tongue Cleaning
Our tongue is absorbing a lot of toxins. Clean it in the morning with a simple tongue cleaner, which can be easily found in your next health food store. I recommend the traditional ones made of copper.

3. Herbal Home Garden
Try to find some space for you own small herb garden. Plant some local herbs, that can easily regrow. 
Also stock up on some good quality spices like cinnamon, saffron and cayenne pepper. Put lots of your green herbs and even spices into your smoothies, juices and everything you cook or prepare – they are full of
different vitamins, antioxidants and chlorophyll and flush your liver and kidneys.

4. Food Timings
Have your last meal at least 3 hours before  you go to sleep. Everything after that will not only disturb your sleep as the body needs energy to digest but also be stored as toxins (ama) in your body.

5. Triphala
Triphala is s a 3 dosha balancing powder that aids your digestion and binds toxins in your digestive system to brings them out of it.
It is a mix of 3 different ayurvedic powders:  Amlaki, Haritaki  and Vibhitaki.
I use these vegan capsules from “Organic India” but there is a huge variety on the market.

* Dosha = Constitution, there are 3 main constitutions in Ayurveda according to your body structure.

Living an ayurvedic and plantbased lifestyle helped me a lot to shift my life from always feeling drained and overwhelmed into an energetic and happy lifestyle.
I hope these tips will help you to improve your life too.  

Stay Healthy,

Nicole

Maca Energy Balls - healthy, delicious and easy to make

Nicole Dechow

Energy Balls - one of my favorite things to bring along to friends an loved ones

Energy Balls - one of my favorite things to bring along to friends an loved ones

Maca is one of my favorite super foods. This powder made out of a sout- american root aids our mormon system, fights chronic fatigue and increases indurence and well-being. On top the taste is really good. is  tastes good and has  I made these energy balls for students of the "Yin Flow & Gong Bath Masterclass" I taught last saturday and promised to publish the recipe - so here it is.  Quick and easy to make they give you energy for a long time and they helped us to get grounded after the high-vibe gong bath.  I hope you enjoy them.  
Always with love, xo, Nicole

These energy balls always make a good surprise for your friends and loved ones.

These energy balls always make a good surprise for your friends and loved ones.

Ingredients: (makes around 12 bigger or 20 smaller energy balls)
- 250 grams walnut kernels
-10 soaked dates (take the pit out of the dates and leave them soaking in warm water for around 3 hours or even overnight)
- 4 tablespoon maca powder
-3 tablespoon  Protein Powder ( i used cacao carob protein powder but you can substitute with cacao powder if you wish)
- 2 tablespoon coconut flour
Topping:
- A handful of coconut chips
-a few walnut kennels 

Method:
1. Put the soaked dates, walnut kernels with the maca powder, protein powder and coconut flour into a high-speed blender ( I use the Vitamix since years and love it). 
extra tip: Some high- speed blenders need a little extra fluid on the bottom so the motor doesn't spin and breaks, so start slow and work it up. If you have to use water in it, just add more coconut flour at the end.
2. Take the sticky dough out forming little balls with 2 spoons or with your hands. Roll them in the coconut chips. Put a walnut kernel on top if you like and place them on a tray.
3. Put the energy balls in the fridge for around 1-2 hours to give them just the right substance for that delicious bite.

Enjoy and share with your friend and loved ones - energy balls always make a good and healthy surprise!

 

Blue Dream Summer Smoothie

Nicole Dechow

Blueberry, banana, dragonfruit, peanut butter

Blueberry, banana, dragonfruit, peanut butter

I made this incredible smoothie the other day inspired by my son, because he asked me for a blue smoothie. And you know it's not easy to get them into the good stuff, so I said sure I make you a blue smoothie and got creative in the kitchen. 

This smoothie is absolutely tasty and full of antioxidants and endorphine increasing blueberries. And also a guilt-free sweet treat for you and your friends and family.

Ingredients:
(makes 2 servings)

-250 g blueberries
-1/2 dragonfruit (pitaya)
-1 frozen banana
-2 teaspoons peanut butter
-150 ml almond milk ( or any other nut milk of your choice)
1-00 ml water
-a pinch of fresh vanilla bean
-a pinch of sea salt
-some cinnamon 

Method:
-put all the Ingredients in a good blender - I use the Vitamix since years and still love it - and blend until it's creamy.
-serve in a mason jar or any other transparent glass to enjoy the full blue colour
-use some dragon fruit for decoration some cinnamon for topping

Enjoy your smoothie - you deserve it.

Love and you are worthy,
Nicole