Shishira ritucharya - A healthy lifestyle for cold and dry weather
Cold and Dry weather affects our mind and body. Dryness of skin increases and diseases like psoriasis, arthritis, asthma etc surface during this time. Aching joints, muscles and common cold make it difficult to carry on daily chores. Texts of Ayurveda recommend seasonal diet and lifestyles to boost body immunity and keep seasonal health problems at bay.
Respiratory diseases like cold, cough, influenza etc peak in this season. Joint pains, rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis etc trouble more and restrict the movements. Dry skin, chapped lips, cracked heels, brittle hair etc surface during this season and pose a threat to self confidence. Flaring up of psoriasis can be noticed.
Ayurveda acharyas recommend diet and lifestyles which help to preserve strength and boost immunity during this season. This regimen is known as “shishira ritucharya”. Here are tips to keep oneself fit and prevent the seasonal diseases.
1.Our body needs plenty of nutrients to maintain body temperature, boost immunity, repair weakened tissue and maintain their moistness. Hence consume sumptuous, nutrient rich foods which can be easily digested. Include whole wheat, fresh corn, black gram, milk, green gram, seasonal vegetables, citrus fruits to diet. Use amla or Indian gooseberry in plenty. Consume Sugar cane juice and sugar cane as they provide abundant energy and minerals.
2.Add Vegetable oil and little ghee to food to meet increased energy demand. According to texts of ayurveda oil and ghee reduce the dryness of tissues and normalize the doshas.
3.Consume warm nourishing liquids like soups in between meals.
4.Always drink warm water to maintain warmth in body. Warm water eases digestion, prevents drop in body temperature and reduces inflammation of tissues.
5.Wear warm woolen or silk clothes. Take care to cover head, ear, palm and feet.
6.Mild to moderate exercises are required to keep body healthy and warm.
7.Massage body with thick herbal oil, this prevents skin conditions like dry skin, flaring up of psoriasis, cracked heels etc. the oil should be warmed before massaging on skin.
Apart from these avoid taking antibiotics unnecessarily. This lowers the body immunity. Do not take long showers as they strip the natural oils of skin. Use gram flour as body scrub instead of soap. Keep the house well lit to prevent seasonal depression. If you are using a room heater use humidifier along with it. This prevents exaggeration of dry skin condition.
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