Updated: Sep 29
Ayurveda is one of the world’s oldest holistic healing systems, and in addition to providing you with a customized Ayurveda plan that will help you lead a healthier life, Ayurveda can also be used as an anti-aging treatment.
Before turning to injectables and other potentially concerning and toxic treatments, consider how Ayurveda can help you combat aging naturally.
In this article on anti-aging with Ayurveda, we will explore:
What causes aging
Why Ayurveda is effective
10 ways to prevent or reverse aging with Ayurveda
Ready to dive in? Let’s get started!
What causes aging?
Aging is a natural part of life and something we all experience on a daily basis. It encompasses much more than just wrinkles and sagging skin (although these factors are a primary concern for many people) — vitality, cognitive ability, flexibility, and overall well-being are also important factors to consider when looking at how to reserve and prevent signs of aging.
Before we delve into how to combat aging, let’s start by exploring what causes aging.
Here are the main factors that contribute to aging:
Dietary habits and nutrition
Food toxins and air pollution
General lifestyle choices
DNA and genetics
Why Ayurveda is an effective anti-aging treatment
The way each person ages is unique and dependent on a variety of external and internal factors. As such, the way we approach anti-aging must be customized to the individual if it’s going to be effective short-and long-term.
Ayurveda is the only natural treatment fully customized to every individual and their specific needs. This means the treatment and Ayurveda plan you receive will be entirely different from anyone else’s. It’s a tailored approach to health and wellness, curated especially for you. That’s why it’s effective.
How does Ayurveda combat aging?
Ayurveda uses your genetic makeup (starting with your doshic combination) and purifies your mind and body. This process gives you the tools needed to heal internally, which is then reflected in your overall appearance and stamina.
With consistent practice, Ayurveda will empower you to maintain excellent physical and mental health — regardless of age — by reducing symptoms, eliminating impurities, boosting immunity, and keeping the energy within your body flowing freely.
10 ways to prevent or reverse aging with Ayurveda
1.) Establish a daily routine or dinacharya
Dinacharya is a Sanskrit word that translates to daily routine. In Ayurvedic wellness, following a daily dinacharya is important because it keeps you connected with the circadian rhythms of nature (the natural clock your body cycles through in a 24-hour period) and creates balance in your life.
To create your daily dinacharya, select a few morning and evening activities that are supportive, comfortable, and easy to commit to.
Here’s an example of a morning dinacharya:
Brush teeth, floss, and massage gums
Drink a warm glass of lemon water
Have bowel movement
Eat a nourishing meal
Practice pranayama breathing for 5 minutes
Your dinacharya will set the tone for your day, keep your energy aligned and reduce stress and anxiety. In turn, you will experience more vitality as you move through each day.
2.) Love up your liver
Your liver plays a central role in your health and wellness. It breaks down fat, produces energy, regulates chemical intake cleanses the body of harmful toxins, and balances sex hormones, thyroid hormones, cortisone, and other adrenal hormones.
As such, it plays a central role in how you feel AND look. Show your liver love by nourishing it with wholesome foods and herbs.
Whenever possible, choose organic, fresh, and locally grown foods. Dark green leafy vegetables, avocados, apples, asparagus, and mung beans are especially good for detoxifying the liver and promoting health.
If you’re interested in learning more about how Ayurveda uses food as medicine, and what foods are best suited for your unique doshic combination (and liver!) click here and book a free wellness consultation.
3.) Drink a large glass of hot lemon water
Dehydration is a leading cause of premature aging, adverse skin conditions, and lethargy. When the body doesn’t have enough hydration, it isn’t able to eliminate toxins or maintain stamina.
As a result, dry skin, discoloration, premature wrinkling, poor kidney function, and exhaustion can occur.
Fortunately, dehydration is 100% preventable! To keep your body hydrated, start each morning with a large glass of warm lemon water.
Not only will this keep your skin looking healthy and smooth, but the vitamin C found in the lemons will also give you an immunity boost and protect your skin from damaging free radicals.
4.) Clean your bowels in the morning
When you sleep, your small intestine and colon go to work processing everything you consumed from the previous day. Upon waking, your body clock triggers the colon to contract and squeeze harder than at any other time of the day.
As a result, you likely feel a greater urgency to have a bowel movement in the morning. Follow this urgency and clean your bowels in the am. You don’t want to walk around with yesterday’s waste in your intestines!
Doing so will drain your energy and may cause cramping and general discomfort.
If you need a little help moving things along, you can practice morning yoga to stretch your body, drink water or have a cup of Ayurvedic tea.
5.) Get enough sleep
Establishing an Ayurvedic sleep routine is key to looking and feeling refreshed. Sleep deprivation causes your body to release cortisol — a stress hormone. Too much cortisol breaks down skin collagen (leading to premature aging) and can cause anxiety and depression.
While the exact amount of sleep you need is dependent on your doshic combination, aim to get at least 8 hours per night.
Ideally, you create a consistent sleep and wake schedule based on your personality and needs. This will enable you to ride the natural energy waves and feel (and look) much better as you move throughout the day.
6.) Eat wholesome foods
You’ve probably heard the saying, “You are what you eat.” It’s a popular phrase because it’s true.
The food you consume ultimately improves your health or destroys it. What people often don’t realize is that it's the small daily choices made over time (such as the choice to habitually skip breakfast or eat greasy food) that are the most impactful.
Opt to eat whole foods like vegetables, fruits, whole grains, nuts, and legumes as these foods retain their natural fiber, vitamins, and nutrients. As a result, they will support your body’s nutritional needs.
As I always say, eat food as nature made them or as close to their natural state as possible.
7.) Use Saumya Ayurveda’s Digestive Detox Tea
Made with coriander, fennel, and cumin, Saumya Ayurveda’s daily digestive detox tea will boost your energy levels and cleanse your body from the inside out.
Customized to each individual client, our digestive tea supports gut health, eliminates undigested food, supports healthy hormone systems, blockages and gas while promoting nutrient absorption which enhances health and vibrance.
8.) Practice Pranayama
Pranayama is controlled breathing, and its benefits are far-reaching. In addition to bringing your mind and body into the present moment, Pranayama also encourages the pranic (life) energy to flow in a balanced way through your body.
For example, Nadi Shodhana (alternate nostril breathing) will purify your airways, improve concentration and promote oxygenation. As a result, you’ll experience greater levels of mental clarity and more lustrous skin.
To learn more about Pranayama and how it can help you, click here and read our beginner’s guide.
9.) Practice intermittent fasting
Long before intermittent fasting became a quick fix to weight loss, it was an ancient Ayurvedic technique curated to enhance physical health and appearance.
To get started, carve out a 12-hour fasting window every day. This will enable your digestive system to rest and rejuvenate. As a result, your digestive system will be able to properly digest meals, eliminate toxins and keep you looking and feeling healthy.
10.) Abhyanga Massage
Abhyanga is a massage performed with Saumya Ayurveda’s warm herbalized oil and is a common Ayurvedic practice aimed at boosting energy and balancing the doshas. This massage will help your body remove toxins (ama), and keep your skin looking radiant and smooth.
To learn more about Abhyanga massage and how you can perform it at home, read this how-to article.
Which of these 10 Ayurvedic anti-aging suggestions are you going to try? Let us know in the comments below!
Veena & the Saumya Avurveda Team
Veena is a Certified Ayurvedic Practitioner and Meditation Teacher. Veena fell in love with the traditional medicine used in her family’s home and she has remained passionate about Ayurveda for 30 years. A firm believer in Ayurveda, the oldest, most continuously practiced holistic medicine system, Veena individualizes treatment plans to each person, rather than offering a one-size-fits-all approach. To learn more about Ayurveda and how she will help you take control of your health now — click here to schedule a free consultation.