Cold weather is nearing. As fall and winter approach your door, thoughts of cold, cough, flu and sniffles may worry you. Is the cold weather dangerous to your overall health? Not at all.
Especially when you protect yourself with a proper cold weather diet and lifestyle. The cold weather is a period when you have a strong digestion and anything you eat will be digested well. Once you have a proper diet and regimen during these cooler days, your natural immunity will increase and you won’t be susceptible to cold, cough and flu.
Is there an ideal diet for the cold weather? Yes!
What is the ideal regimen for the cold weather?
Are there any home remedies for improving immunity during this period?
1. Golden Milk (Turmeric Milk)
1 cup of whole organic milk
1 teaspoon turmeric powder
A sprinkle of black pepper powder
A dab of ghee
Boil the milk. Add turmeric powder and pepper. Simmer the heat and stir for two minutes. Serve warm. This can be taken daily in fall and winter at bedtime.
2. Carom Water (Ajwain Water)
Carom seed water is used in cooking to flavor dishes and increase its medicinal properties. Its powerful flavor makes it a favorite spice in the kitchen during winter.
3. Cold Weather Skin Care
How can skin be taken care of during this season?
As odd as it may seem, winter is the best time to nourish the skin, Because of the rooksha (dry) property of Vata, skin is more receptive during this season.
Common skin issues in winter include dryness, cracking, dullness and roughness. Vata imbalance on skin becomes even stronger if the person is Vata prakriti, above 60 years of age or has a vata aggravating diet and regimen.
1 Tbsp oats
1 Tbsp yogurt
pinch of turmeric powder
Soak the oats in the yogurt for at least two hours before using. Add a pinch of turmeric and gently wash the face with this paste. It can do wonders.
Avoid long hot showers and baths. Totally avoid bathing the head in hot water, for it is detrimental to the eyes and hair. Ayurveda stresses massaging the body with oil in cold weather. Sesame oil is ideal for body massage. Do massage on a daily basis at least 15 minutes before your bath. Mix olive oil into a little water and rub it all over your body after your bath. This gives the effect of a natural moisturizer.
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