An Ayurvedic outlook on winter: Do’s and Don’ts for the cold season…

The defenition of health in Ayurveda is not entirely a physical thing! The idea behind perfect health is being in balance physically, mentally, emotionally, spiritually and intellectually!

For this you have to be in harmony within and without. So in traditional Ayurveda as the seasons change, a different set of remedial measures are given, to be able to maintain our optimal health, despite all the changes.

So here it is a list of Do’s and Don’ts:

  • Despite the lack of thirst, we must keep up our fluid intake. The daily minimum for adults is 2.3 liters of water! And that is a must. Naturally during the cold season heat inducing drinks are all good! Ginger tea, and tea brewed from spices are all time favorites in Ayurveda!
  • Proper clothing is an absolute necessity, but Ayurveda states that the most important parts of the body to keep warm are the feet, the waist/kidney area and the throat.
  • Another excellent trick to keeping warm, is eating the right food. Because of the tendencies of drinking less, eating unfresh food products and spending more time in heated places, we tend to dry out a lot. So according to Ayurveda we should be eating cooked, hot (temperature and spicing) and succulent foods.
  • According Ayurveda states that there are 2 types of spices. Hot and aromatic. Chillies and cayanne pepper are considered hot and are not suitable for everybody and for daily consumption. But almost equally hot spices like ginger or black pepper are aromatic along with a whole array of spices. Cummin, turmeric and the likes are regularly used in Ayurvedic cooking and they are not that spicy, but if you consider a few sweet spices like cinnamon, cloves or bay leaves they are super hot if you put them on your tongue, powdered. And of course there are all the green spices that we can think of.
  • Pickles are also used more freely during the cold times of the year, as vinegar is a highly fermenting agent, that is capable of raising body heat.
  • For us in the colder climates Ayurveda suggests two options to fresh foodstuffs, as we usually either eat frosted veggies or substances that are from far away, and thereby not fresh at all. These 2 items are sprouts and milk products, as they are both fresh produces.
  • Physical training is also a heat inducing activity, so excersizing and doing more physically demanding activities are also approved by Ayurveda.
  • And last but not least, regular oil massages are also highly approved by Ayurveda! Naturally, heated oil is a great preference in Ayurveda, as well as receiving massages. But if we are unable to go for massages we should oil ourselves! It is an extra plus if we use heat inducing oils like mustard oil or safflower oil.

Look after yourselves folks,

Om Tat Sat

Adam Baktai aka Fat Yogi

The founder of Oriental Method

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