Being sick in winter is normal? Not at all! I’ll give you a few simple Ayurvedic tips to help you stay healthy and vital through this cold season of year. Of course, the cold during the winter days weakens our immune system. And the permanent lack of light can easily lead to a low mood, the well-known winter blues. But you can counteract these attacks on your well-being with very simple Ayurvedic actions.
Heat up through food
The cold climate stimulates our metabolism. Winter is the season when our digestive fire (Agni) is at its strongest. This means that you can digest heavy meals well in winter. During the cold season, avoid cooling foods such as citrus fruits, leafy salads and raw vegetables. And instead, you should integrate mainly warm, cooked, lightly oily and well-seasoned foods into your diet in winter. When it comes to fluid intake, you should give preference to warm or hot drinks. Spiced teas are particularly suitable for the cold season. A cup of hot spiced milk with a pinch of turmeric and nutmeg before going to bed will produce natural melatonin and you will get good sleep.
My secret tip: Do a hot water cure, especially in winter. It cleanses your body, strengthens your immune system and, as a welcome side effect, makes the pounds fall off.
Body care – warm, warm, warm
Everything that warms us and stimulates our life energy (Prana) is beneficial for our health in winter. I can recommend full and partial baths in particular. However, make sure that the water temperature does not exceed 37 degrees. To strengthen your resistance and also to increase your mental well-being, you should often do a self-massage with warm oil.
My secret tip: Daily care of the nasal mucous membranes
The mucous membranes of the nose are severely affected by the cold weather and dry heating air and their defence mechanism is weakened as a result. To strengthen your defences, you should massage your nasal mucous membranes with oil every morning.
The best thing you can do against the winter blues is to take daily walks in the fresh winter air. Especially when the sun is shining. Of course, you can also go jogging or walking. However, avoid too intense exertion, which would not strengthen your prana, but weaken it.
I wish you good health and joy of life for 2022 and get through the winter well.