Winter is the Kapha time of year because it is cold, heavy, and moist like earth and water. Winter is actually the best season to improve immunity. It’s not a weakening season if you know how to use it to strengthen immunity.
Health tips for winter Season
- Avoid harsh soaps, Use soaps with a high content of natural oils and glycerine which are soft to your skin. You can also use gram flour with milk or cream or rose water.
- It is important during this season to consume foods that are warming and easily digestible. Stews, oatmeal, and root vegetables are good examples of foods to eat in the winter.
- Warm drinks are very beneficial, throughout the day and about half an hour after breakfast sip on warm water with a dash of ginger, cinnamon and clove as this will increase your digestive fire.
- If you practice yoga, make sure to incorporate backbends into your practice in order to open up your chest because of congestion is a common symptom of this season.
- Shop for colourful, healthful, in-season fruits and vegetables. Clementines are packed with vitamin C. Bananas are loaded with potassium. And sweet potatoes and winter squash are rich in vitamin A.
- Chyawanprash will help during this time of year because it is high in vitamin c, full of warming spices and it increases the immune system.
- An Amla a day keeps you fit and replenishes your body not only in winter but always. Preparations like Amla murabba, Chyawanprash serves additional benefits when consumed in winter.
- Sitopaladi, a herbal mixture, is very effective for breaking up mucus.
- Avoid excessively hot water for bathing instead, use warm water.
- Give yourself a soothing oil massage all over before the bath to release toxins and wake up the body. Sesame is warming and is generally considered beneficial to everybody type for this time of year.
- According to Ayurveda the strength of the body is superior in winter compared to other seasons, you can increase intake of oil and ghee in diet, your body needs it. Ayurveda suggests the intake of foods which are sweet, sour and salty in nature.
- Include milk and milk products, wheat, Udad dal, meat and poultry, eggs, soups, herbal tea, soaked almonds, coconut, walnuts, pistachios all types of nuts and seeds which contain natural oil in yours.
- Increased use of jaggery in the diet helps to balance Vata. Preparations like laddoos of fenugreek seeds, edible gum (Dinka), dry dates, cashews in ghee proves healthy during winter.
- Juicy fruits and vegetables like carrot, cucumber, lemon, etc which has high water content should be consumed. Daily Water intake should also be increased.
- Herbs like Amla, Shatavari, Ashwagandha, Aloe, Shunthi, Manjishtha, Anantamool, Triphala, Chandan, have gentle detoxifying properties and also helps to maintain perfect moisturising balance. It regulates Vata, and also maintains skin texture and radiance.
- The body can make vitamin D when the skin is exposed to sunlight, but production often drops in winter. To compensate, get plenty of the vitamin from foods.
- Exercise increases blood circulation and thus reduces vitiated Vata, and thereby improves digestion and ultimately leaves your skin soft.
- Yoga or other forms of light exercise will help to invigorate the body with life-energy [i.e. “prana”] and help to clear excess mucus, lethargy, and sluggishness common to both Kapha conditions and winter season.
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