Winter season is considered to bring many ailments and diseases with the cold winds and dry weather. And according to Ayurveda, winter season calls for actions to strengthen one’s immunity. From our skin to hair to nails, our body requires to be nourished during the cold season.
Following are some Ayurvedic tips that will help you stay healthy and happy during winter.
• Immunity-boosting foods
Fresh, organic and easy-to digest food is preferred during the winter season to improve immunity. Sweet, sour and salty tastes need to be included in the diet to nourish and balance the body. Vegetables, fruits, whole grains, warm soups, ghee and less-oily foods should be eaten.
• Proper rest
To maintain balance in the body with regards to the shorter days and longer nights in winter, adequate rest and relaxation is vital. Exposing the body to stress and fatigue during the cold season will upset the natural rhythm and harmony of the system. Get enough sleep and follow a routine for going to sleep and waking up.
• Regular oil massage
Starting the day with an oil massage is considered an effective remedy to moisturize, nourish and protect the body in winter. It also boosts immunity, promotes sound sleep and also provides relief from winter aches and pains.
• Yoga and exercises
Following a daily routine of exercise or yoga is highly beneficial in keeping the body warm and balanced. It also boosts energy levels and prevents winter weight gain.
Sipping on warm water throughout the day or drinking herbal teas will help flush out the toxins from the body.
• Winter breathing problems
The season is also the onset of asthma attacks, sinusitis, bronchitis and chest congestion. Some important tips to manage these breathing problems include covering your nose and mouth when going out in cold, practising breathing exercises, inhaling vapours of medicinal decoctions, etc.