Winter is here and it is the perfect time to redirect your energies. One of the ways to make your winter more enjoyable is to include Ayurveda principles in your daily life. Ayurveda plays an important role where a seasonal change affects the balance of the body. We cannot control the weather but we can control our body by bringing a change in our lifestyle, diet and habits.
Importance of Ayurveda During Winter Season
In the winter season or Kapha season, Ayurveda suggests to consume food that work to improve blood circulation and warm up the body, as well as reduce nausea and prevent acidity in the body. Balancing Kapha Dosha lubricates joints, provides strength and stability to the mind and body. Vata Dosha should also be maintained to feel motivated and calm.
How to Improve the Immune System?
Winter is considered to be a season of cold and flu which decreases the immune system. In Ayurveda, immunity or Bala can be affected by various factors such as diet, lifestyle and season. Ayurveda states that digestion is stronger in winter which proves it to be a good time to build a stronger immunity system.
Consuming good Ayurvedic immunity boosting food is very important which includes food that is easily digestible and unprocessed.
Foods for Winter
- Include hot soups and organic green leafy vegetables in your diet.
- Consuming more nuts, seeds, proteins and healthy fats (like coconut and olive oils) will help the body retain its heat.
- A glass of warm milk with turmeric keeps the body warm and energetic, which is also a treatment for Kapha imbalances.
- Vitamin C rich fruits and root vegetables like carrot, turnip, radish, etc. are excellent in winters.
- Chyawanprash ( or suger free Chyawanprash) helps in building up defense against cold, increasing energy and immunity.
Foods to Avoid
- Cold food, chilled beverages and deep fried food should be avoided as they reduce digestive fire or Agni.
- Spicy food should be avoided as it leads to Dosha imbalances and it also causes loss of heat through sweat.
- Tasmic food or precooked, frozen food should be avoided as they can be a reason for lethargy.
Ayurvedic Herbs and Spices
Cinnamon, ginger, cardamom, turmeric, nutmeg, cloves, black pepper, and carom seeds are a few perfect herbs for winters. Small pieces of ginger with lemon juice and salt, amla chutney and black carrot kanji enhance digestion. A few herbs that should be included in your diet are
Turmeric is one of the most commonly used Ayurvedic spices in the world. It is a strong immunity boosting herb which supports the body in building up a strong defense against a variety of illnesses such as common cold, dry skin and joint pains.
Tulsi or Holy Basil is a magical Ayurvedic herb that has anti asthmatic properties. It helps in building immunity and fighting viral infections which is extremely important for winters. Adding a few drops of honey can do wonders.
In Ayurveda, ginger is used so widely that it is considered as a medicine. This immunity boosting herb aids in digestion and fights cold and flu. It is also an excellent remedy for respiratory disorders as it has anti-inflammatory properties.
Activities for A Healthy Mind
According to Ayurveda, meditation during the winter season can help the body and mind stay calm. Meditation helps in reduction of stress and anxiety which in turn balances the Doshas of the body. Pranayam and Astanga Yoga are also beneficial as it helps clear chest congestion and also helps boost immunity.
Feel lethargic during winters? Adopt these health tips to make your days more wonderful.
Start your day early with yoga and meditation, sitting in sunlight is preferable during the afternoons to produce Vitamin D in the body, engage yourself in a mood uplifting hobby in the evenings and get to bed early.
Being regular and living a stress free life is very important in balancing Vata.
Exercise in any form will help in keeping the body warm and also aids digestion. Yoga helps enhance blood circulation and strengthens muscles.
Ayurvedic Oils for Massage
Vata is associated with cold and dry which has to be balanced by heat. Sesame oil or Vata massage oil has Vata balancing herbs which helps in relaxing the nervous system, nourishing skin and in removing toxins from the body.
The nasal membranes can be easily affected during cold weather. Ayurvedic mint oil can be inhaled to clear the nasal passages, which is a combination of pure essential oils made from camphor, mint, eucalyptus and other herbs. It produces a great clarifying and strengthening effect.
The above tips are in general and will work out well for everyone during the winter season. However, in certain extreme conditions, an Ayurvedic doctor at Total Ayurveda Care can give you better individualized recommendation. Book your appointment now and get your Vata balance checked!
Disclaimer: The information in this article is presented for the sole purpose of education on Ayurveda and neither the details in this blog nor the products are intended to diagnose, cure, prevent. Treat, or mitigate any condition. If you have a medical condition, please consult a doctor or health professional. Total Ayurveda Care strongly recommends that you speak with your doctor before making any changes to your diet through which your health will be benefited.