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Stay healthy this winter with Ayurveda
According to Ayurveda winter is the best season to strengthen and improve immunity. Infections and colds are the results of a weak immune system. Viruses are seeds that look for fertile land, such as a weakened body, to take root. This season, let us adopt a routine that allows you to relish rather than resent the darkness and the quiet.
Winter season also brings low temperatures, freezing rain and snow, a significant drop in humidity and dry cold winds in most parts of the country. These are all qualities shared by Kapha dosha, which is why winter could be considered a Kapha season in our beautiful British Columbia, but in rest of Canada where the climate is exceptionally cold and dry, Vata will also be a strong component to take into account.
5 Tips to improve Immunity and stay healthy this winter
Winter is the best season for building immunity as the digestion is strongest in cold weather. The body requires more fuel to stay warm and healthy in the winter months and the cold weather ignites digestive fires deep into the core of the body. Our bodies therefore crave a more substantial, nutritive diet at this time of year. The cold weather can decrease digestive Agni (fires) so we need to use spices to improve the digestion. One important Ayurvedic digestive formula is Trikatu which literally means the three pungent. Trikatu Churna is a fine powder blend of three hot and pungent herbs, ginger, black pepper and long pepper to support digestion. Trikatu awakens digestion, digests toxins, alleviates coughs, nasal congestions and asthma and improves breathing. It balances Kapha and Vata.
Our skin, the organ that acts as a barrier between our bodies and the external environment, generally takes the brunt of the harsh weather. Winter is actually the best time of year to nourish the skin, because it is dryer and more receptive in winter. The skin is less absorbent in warmer weather as it is in detoxifying mode. Daily Abhayanga with Kapha Oil or Dhanvantara oil will keep our skin healthy and vibrant whole winter. Padmashri Kapha Oil is a classical oil called Karpooradi Tailam. It is prepared with Kapha reducing herbs like Ajwain, Arjuna, Cardamom and Camphor. Dhanvatara Oil is a potent earthy oil containing 28 herbs like Ashwagandha, Triphala, Bala and fenugreek. It rejuvenates the body and skin and increases immunity.
At the first sign of a cold or flu take extra measures. Get plenty of rest, slow down and listen to your body. Your recovery time will be shorter. Drink lots of warm water or herbal teas to help flush toxins from the lungs. Eat wholesome, nutritious, easily digestible foods such as cooked leafy green vegetables, fresh fruits and vegetable soups. Avoid heavy foods like meat, dairy, oils, nut butters and sweets. Ayurvedic medicine suggests Anu tailam for nasya therapy for congested nose and sinuses. Anu tailam improves sense of smell, clears sinuses and strengthens muscles and joints of face and neck.
Immune boosting lifestyle with yoga and exercise: An invigorating and expansive yoga practice this winter can be surprisingly supportive of your overall wellbeing. Taking up a winter-specific activity might help replace the feelings of winter blues. We’re often less active in winter time. Yet exercise is a known mood enhancer, raising the brain’s levels of serotonin and endorphin. Sports such as skiing, snowboarding and ice skating provide that much-needed adrenaline rush that we can't get from couch surfing, with the added bonus of two of the greatest natural mood elevators: exercise and the great outdoors.
5. Herbal Support
In keeping with the guidelines of Ayurvedic classical formulations, the pharmacological and phytochemists team at Sewanti Ayurvedic series has combined the healing properties of Holy Basil in synergy with other important Ayurvedic herbs to enhance bioavailability of Holy Basil and stimulate its activity in the formulation. These herbs include Ashwagandha, Karanja, Chitraka, Amalaki and Haridra. Holy Basil Plus helps to strengthen the digestive fire, balance the production of mucus and enhance the bioavailability and circulation of vital nutrients.
▪ Holy Basil, or Tulsi, holds most supreme place among the various medicinal herbs in India perhaps next to Lotus. Its healing properties are so well established that most people in India grow it in courtyards and traditionally worshipped daily in a ritual for the well being of the family. Holy Basil has specified actions on the respiratory system. It effectively liquefies the phlegm due to its hot and sharp attributes. Holy basil is an effective panacea for cough due to allergic bronchitis asthma and eosinophilia. Since time immemorial Holy basil is used as a treatment for a nasal inflammation and bronchitis. Due to the anti allergic property of Holy basil, it provides protective effect against allergic diseases.