AYURVEDA FOR THE WINTER
According to Ayurveda, the weather can affect your body’s functioning. Winter is the season which feels a little oppressive, dark and might even trigger Seasonal Affective Disorder. This can be tackled by changing your lifestyle and routine and adapting an ayurvedic plan which will balance your doshas. Winter shares many features with kapha dosha, so it is predominantly considered to be the season of kapha. However, if the cold season is excessively dry, it can also indicate vata. For this reason, it is key to structure an ayurvedic routine and diet which focuses on balancing these 2 doshas. AYURVEDIC DIET FOR WINTER Winter is the season when the agni is strongest. Because of this, you might see a significant increase in the amount of food you eat on a daily basis. This is a good thing and it is always important to eat just to satiate hunger and stop eating when you feel even the slightest bit full. Below are a few tips to keep your diet healthy.
- Include a lot of warm, slightly oily, spiced foods into your diet. Always follow the 6 taste rule when it comes to food.
- Always drink warm or hot liquids during winter. Avoid cold drinks. Sip tea with ginger, cinnamon and clove throughout the day to keep your cavities from getting congested and your stomach sated.
- Radishes, spinach, onions and carrots can do wonders for your body in the season. Also season your food well with hot and punchy spices such as black pepper, chilli, ginger and cayenne.
- Cooked grains, mushy soups and steamed vegetables are perfect and feel wonderful to consume in the cold conditions.
- Avoid dairy during the winter. If you cannot go without a glass of warm milk before bed, add some turmeric to it to make golden milk. This can be less congestion-inducing than plain milk.
- Avoid cold and frozen foods. Sweets are also best avoided in winter.
- Do a simple water cleanse or juice cleanse once every few weeks to give the digestive system a break.
- Take a spoon or two of Chyawanprash every morning to boost immunity and overall energy levels.
- It is appropriate to rise a little later during winter. So, grab some extra shut eye every morning.
- Practice tongue scraping and oil pulling every morning for good oral health.
- Do a gentle massage with an oil to warm up your body for the day.
- Take a long warm shower at the start of every day.
- Drink a glass or more of warm water and add a few drops of a comforting oil in your nostrils.
- Perform a basic yoga routine every morning.
- Don’t nap during the day, rather go to sleep earlier in the evening.