Nutrition in Winter

According to the teachings of Ayurveda, balance and imbalance of the doshas is dependent on the change of seasons. In that case, imbalance and violation of the doshas can be corrected accordingly by changing your diet. In winter, the predominant dosha is Kapha - are inherent qualities of patience and endurance, so Kapha dosha gives us the opportunity to experience this season. One of the qualities of Kapha - it is the presence of mucus, so in winter the content of mucus in the body increases. 

This is manifested in the form of colds, coughs and runny nose, especially in children. While it may seem that this is very bad, in fact, a thick mucus that accumulates in the lungs during a cold or cough, is protective. It envelops the harmful bacteria and viruses, preventing them from spreading to healthy parts of the body. Also Kapha is responsible for growth of the body, it strengthens and enhances the natural immunity of the person, moisturizes joints, skin and digestive tract, strengthens memory and is responsible for vital functions of the lungs and the heart. In winter, the power of digestion increases, provided that the body is healthy.

Winter cold is actually fueling the agni (digestive fire), making it stronger, which is also one of the qualities of Kapha. Now we can digest a heavy meal and eat it in increasing numbers. This is easy to see ourselves - in the winter it would be desirable to eat more and more. And that's exactly what our bodies need in a given period of time. But regardless of our constitution, in the winter we should all eat more spicy, greasy, pungent and bitter foods.

Exclude from the diet, eat less sour and sweet, or reduced immunity. It is also not recommended to get involved in the winter cold drinks and frozen food. It is best to use only warming food - it can be a cream, butter, cheese, condensed milk, warm dishes from cereals (particularly rice and oats), sweetened buckwheat, soups, Dala, warm herbal tea, honey and always at night warm milk. Sweet spices winter better not to use aniseed and mint, as they have a cooling effect on the body. But the bitter, pungent and astringent herbs and spices on the contrary very helpful at this time. In the winter it is best to have dried, not fresh, that was not an overabundance of prana (if too much prana overexcited entire body, especially the joints, spine and intestines). You should also know that the more watery in the product, the more dangerous it eat in the winter.

Watery foods should be oiled and roast away, while their beneficial use in the winter. The berries have dried winter better. But in the very cold weather, the amount of dried fruits and dried fruits can be somewhat reduced and increase the number of nuts. Although at first follow both diets (for your primary dosha and seasonal diet) might seem to be too complicated and confusing exercise, this attempt is quite justified, positively influencing To your health. And after a short period of time you will be quite natural to eat certain foods at certain times of the year for them and at the same time feel great. Eat well and be happy!

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