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Recommendations For Winter
Recommendations for winter:
There is a cycle to life that is happening all around and inside us. Everything is connected and according to Ayurveda, comprised of the five elements: earth, air, fire, water and space. And so, as the seasons change so do you. The seasons, like the times of day are characterised by cycles of the doshas which consist of vata, pitta and kapha. Everyone has each of these elements in their body and mind. Maintaining good health during all four seasons requires living in harmony with these natural cycles, continually adjusting to the changes in the outer environment through the food we choose to eat, the type and amount of exercise we do the clothes we wear and so on.
Ayurveda recognises winter as a vata/kapha season, the sky is cloudy and the weather is cold, damp and heavy. Not to mention dry and windy depending on the climate you are in. Winter is a time to rest, reflect and hibernate. As vata/kapha dominate this season, these doshas need to be balanced with a grounding and warming diet. Its important to change our diet just like we change our wardrobe.
As the winter season is influenced by the vata/kapha dosha people tend to see symptoms of the skin and hair becoming dry, possible constipation, gas, bloating, joint dryness and stiffness. It’s important that we balance these qualities through our daily routine and diet.
Ayurveda teaches us to include opposite qualities in our diet and lifestyle to have a more balancing effect on our physiology. If we introduce more warming, moist, grounding, soft qualities and reduce dry, raw and cold elements in our diet and lifestyle it will help us become more balanced and give our bodies what it needs for this season.