AYURVEDIC TIPS FOR WINTER WELLNESS
Ayurveda is a system of medicine that arose in India. It is based on the principle that the mind, body, and spirit are interconnected and that each person has a unique constitution. According to Ayurveda, there are three main body types, or doshas, which are Vata, Pitta, and Kapha. Each dosha is associated with different physical and mental characteristics.
Ayurveda recommends that each individual maintain a balance of all three doshas to stay healthy. During the winter months, it is especially important to maintain this balance, as the colder weather can aggravate the Vata dosha.
There are a few simple things that you can do to keep your Vata in balance during the winter months.
- A big YES to warm foods
As per Ayurveda, winter marks the time for you to have warm meals, mixed with gut-friendly spices. Soups, stews, and cooked vegetables are all good choices. Certain ayurvedic foods can help you stay healthy during winter. These include ginger, turmeric, cumin, and fenugreek. These spices help to boost the immune system, keep the body warm, and fight off infections.
Ayurveda recommends moderate exercise, such as walking or yoga, rather than strenuous activity, as it helps with blood circulation, improves appetite, and raises body temperature.
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- Regulate the sleep cycle
Try falling asleep before 10 pm and waking up before 6 am. This will help to keep your mind and body in balance. In case you need help falling asleep, drink a glass of warm turmeric milk with a hint of powdered cardamom before going to bed.
A glass of lukewarm water is perfect for beginning your day. This helps activate your digestive system. And if you are willing to go the extra mile, add some herbs and spices like turmeric, ginger, and cloves to your water.
- Stay warm
Your ears and head are one of the main Vata points, and should always be kept covered when you go outside. This will make your experience healthier as you go out to enjoy the cool winter mornings and evenings.
Daily self-massages are crucial during winters. You can start your mornings with a rub of homemade ghee and then take a warm shower. This will help keep your body nourished.
- Warm bath
Winter is the ideal time for long, relaxing, and warm baths. Add some Epsom salt to your bath and feel the stress melt away from your body. This should be preferably done during the evenings so that after that you can slide into your bed for a night of uninterrupted, and peaceful sleep.
The upcoming winters will be a little harsh, as we all know. But, with the correct Ayurveda treatment, you can keep yourself healthy and safe from viruses and diseases.
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