Getting Through Winter with Ayurveda
Calling for the hot chai, snuggle blankets and a fireplace!
Winter brings with it the qualities of cold and dryness. Our skin gets dry, our sinuses begin to dry out, and even our joints dry out. As a result, the mucus membranes in the body start to become irritated and produce more mucus – and mucus is a breeding ground for colds, flu, and bacteria.
Winter is the season when nature is ready to nurture us. Due to the digestive level being very high, we feel hungrier, and can actually digest food better, thus nourishing our bodies more. We tend to think this season is bad for immunity because as the appetite increases, we may eat more junk food and heavy, hard-to-digest foods, and thus weaken our immunity. But it’s important to understand that WE are creating the bad immunity; nature is not the culprit. For this reason, it’s more important that we eat immunity-boosting foods in winter.
Foods that be should be avoided:
• foods grown with chemicals
• foods laced with preservatives
• cold or ice-cold foods and drinks
Foods that be should be included:
Pumpkin, beets, carrots, potatoes, and sweet potatoes that grow underground all summer are heavy, more dense and also rich in fiber, minerals, vitamin A, vitamin C, and loaded with antioxidants, all of which help support winter nutrition.
YES! During the winter months, a higher-fat diet provides insulation along with the nutrients you need to repair, rebuild, and rejuvenate. It also prevents the body from drying out, keeping the joints well lubricated. Ghee and sesame oil are the best, but you can also use olive oil and coconut oil as long as you add some warming spices as these two oils are cooling.
These foods support gut microbial immunity and provide a warming quality to the body. These include yogurt (dairy or coconut), pickled vegetables, sauerkraut, kombucha, miso, sourdough bread, kimchi just to name a few.
Fiber is purgative, which means it helps you go to the bathroom. Ayurveda sees better elimination, or looser stools, as the body’s way of getting rid of the heat that accumulates at the end of summer. This excess heat turns into dryness (and constipation) if it doesn’t get dissipated. You can get your fiber from wheat, seeds, most grains, rye, and rice. There’s an enzyme called amylase that increases in the body in fall and winter and helps you break down and utilise wheat. Apples also have a lot of fiber. winter ayurveda
Turmeric Paste Mucus Burner
½ cup raw honey winter ayurveda
1/3 cup organic turmeric powder
½ tsp ginger powder
¼ tsp black pepper powder
1-2 tsp cinnamon powder – to add a nice taste
Mix all ingredients into a paste and store in a glass jar.
Take 1/2 tsp at a time up to 4 times a day when there is mucus to burn away or 1-2 times a day as a preventative when the weather is changing. Halve this amount for kids.
This spice mixture should be used regularly to boost immunity and enhance digestion.
At Phoenix Yoga Studios we couple Ayurveda within our yoga practice to give a complete, all round approach to wellbeing. We sell organic turmeric capsules for better digestion and the reduction of inflammation.
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