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How to Stay Safe,Fit and Healthy During the Winter Season?

Overview

The Whole year is divided into four different seasons such as summer, winter, autumn, and spring.The coldest season of the year is called as winter season and it comes every year before spring season and after autumn season. Winter season is the most favorite season of a huge number of people across the globe because this season is full of different types of events as well as celebrations.

As a consequence of all these events, individuals pay less attention to their lifestyle as well as dietary habits. Apart from this, it is often seen that the beginning of the winter season can be dangerous for the health of many people. Due to the shortness of days and cold weather of the environment, masses found it very difficult to keep themselves free from diseases and health.Due to bad dietary habits, the immune system gets weakens and a person becomes more prone to diseases as well as injuries.But there’s no need to worry, with the help of proper lifestyle and Dietary habits a person can keep himself or herself fit and healthy.

How to Stay Healthy With Ayurveda

Some of the Major Tips to Stay Healthy, Fit and Safe during the Winter Season are as follows:

Diet and Exercise Tips:

Some tips related to diet as well as exercise with the help of which a person can easily avoid the risk factors of the winter season are:

1.Drink Plenty of Water:

In order to keep himself or herself, a person should drink 4 to 5 liters of water every day to keep his or her body hydrated.A Lot amount of water will help to remove the excess amount of toxins from the body and also boost the immune system. A person should drink warm water rather than Normal or Coldwater.

2.Consume Foods that are Rich in Oils:

The second great tip to keep himself or herself fit during the winter season is to add food rich in oils in daily diets.A person should eat foods that are rich in Omega 3 fatty acids such as Sunflower, Ghee, Green Leafy Vegetables, Walnuts, and Almonds.All these types of food aids in purifying the Liver as well as Skin. Foods that are rich in Omega 3 fatty acids are very effective against Stiffness and Joint Pain. They also possess anti-inflammatory properties that protect the body against multifarious diseases.

3.Sun Exposure:

As most people know that the sun is a great source of Vitamin D. Vitamin D is an essential vitamin that maintains the proper levels of phosphorus as well as calcium in the body.Apart from this, the rays of the sun also keep the body warms. Therefore, instead of sitting in front of heaters or in the blankets, a person should sit outside during day times for the proper exposure to the sun.

Herbal Remedies for Younger Age

4.Drink Herbal Tea:

A person should drink Herbal tea such as tea which contains Tulsi to keep himself or herself healthy during the winter season.The Tulsi plant is a very effective antioxidant and it is very rich in many nutrients.It is often seen that during the winter season, people generally suffer from many problems of Flu and Cold. But if a person drinks a tea rich in Tulsi on a regular basis, then he or she can fight against different types of infections as well as viruses.It improves the overall defense mechanism and also improves the stamina of the body. Herbal Tea also decreases stress and boosts the immunity of the body and protects it from various chronic diseases.

5. Use Different Types of Herbs:

During the winter season, a person should consume herbs such as Aloe vera, Manjishtha, Triphala, Shunthi, Chandan, Anantamool as well as Amla. These herbs are very effective in maintaining a proper balance between all the Three Doshas of the body. In addition to this, the detoxifying properties of these herbs also eliminate free radicals and toxins from the body.

6.Exercise Regularly:

As we know that, during the winter season a person becomes more prone to different types of Weather-related disorders as well as injuries. The major reason behind the risk to the overall health of a person is due to a lack of exercise during the winter season. A person can easily reduce the risk of disorders and injuries with the help of proper exercises and by maintaining proper dietary habits. But some people complain that due to the shortness of days they do not find enough time for exercise. The answer to this complaint is that a person should walk a little to keep themselves warm and active during the winter season.

4. Use Organic Honey:

Organic Honey which is also considered as a natural sweetening agent not only enhances a person’s taste buds but also boosts the level of immunity in a person. Enhanced immunity helps a person to fight against various types of winter allergies. Honey is a great antioxidant agent and it is also very rich in different types of Minerals and Vitamins.

8. Eat more Vegetables and Fruits:

It is often seen that during the winter season, people usually eat unhealthy food and it is very difficult for the digestive fire (Agni) to digest such foods. Therefore, a person should eat a healthy daily diet that includes a good amount of Vegetables as well as Fruits. Winter vegetables such as Turnips, Peas, Spinach, and Carrots are rich in many vitamins and provide essential nutrients to the body and also protect it from various infections. All these vegetables are cooked in many ways and also available in the market during the winter season at affordable costs.

9.Consume Apple Cider Vinegar on a Regular Basis:

The liquid of Apple Cider Vinegar should be used widely during the winter season for the proper maintenance of health. The liquid of Apple Cider Vinegar is rich in many properties that relieve the problems of sinus that are very common during the cold winter season. In addition to these properties, its liquid also provides moisture to the dry hair and also improves the surface of the skin if it is consumed during the morning with water on a regular basis.

How can Ayurveda kick allergy out of the body naturally?

Allergy and Ayurveda:Overview

ALLERGY’ is an overreaction of the body’s immune system to certain substances which it misidentifies as harmful. This overreaction of the immune system is called an ‘allergic reaction,’ and the substances which trigger such a reaction are called ‘allergens.’

An allergy or allergic reaction generally manifests itself in the form of some commonly-occurring disorders of the skin and respiratory system. These disorders include eczema, hives, asthma, hay fever, and food allergies.

AYURVEDA’ is an ancient, holistic (whole body) system of medicine, which is based on the belief that health and wellness depend on a delicate balance between the mind, body, and spirit. The core concept of Ayurveda is that an equilibrium of the body’s three fundamental bio-elements or ‘Doshas’ —Vata, Pitta, and Kapha — leads to good health.

The main aim of Ayurvedic medicine system is to prevent the occurrence of diseases and to promote health and well-being. To achieve this aim, Ayurvedic experts mainly depend on the use of herbal formulations to treat diseases naturally, and also recommend dietary and lifestyle changes to patients suffering from different disorders.

Herbal Remedies for Allergy

Ayurvedic Perspective of Allergies

According to Ayurveda, allergies are generally a result of an excess of the Kapha and Pitta dosha, or the earth and fire elements. Ayurveda believes that the main causes behind the occurrence of allergies are accumulation of toxins and low immunity.

More specifically, the Ayurvedic viewpoint of allergies is that ‘genetics’ is the primary reason that causes an individual to suffer from allergies. These are considered to be a result of the one or all of the following conditions:

  • Weak agni (digestive fire)
  • An individual’s state of vykruti (imbalance)
  • The presence of ama (undigested or poorly digested food which turns toxic and interferes with the bodily processes).

The management of allergies naturally with the help of Ayurveda involves the diagnosis of the root-cause of allergy for every individual patient, and its subsequent treatment.

How Ayurveda can treat allergy naturally?

Ayurveda can effectively kick allergy out of the body naturally with the help of herbal formulations which can cure different types of allergies by:

  • Detoxifying the body by eliminating toxins.
  • Strengthening the immune system.

In addition, Ayurveda practitioners also suggest some necessary modifications in the diet of patients suffering from allergies.

More specifically, Ayurveda is beneficial in treating Vata, Pitta and Kapha types of allergies in the following ways:

Vata allergies

  • According to Ayurveda, Vata allergies are caused because of dryness, and their symptoms mostly include dry cough with, insomnia and anxiety.
  • To cure Vata allergies,Ayurvedic practitioners recommend that patients should drink tea made from ginger root (Zingiber officinale) 4-5 times a day, and also inhale sesame oil.

Pitta Allergies

  • These allergies cause excessive heat in the body, and are associated with symptoms like burning eyes, rashes and loose stools.
  • Ayurvedic cure of these allergies involves the consumption of tea prepared from Neem leaves (Azadirachta Indica), and also a mixture of warm milk and half a teaspoon of turmeric (Curcuma Longa) powder. Moreover, patients are also asked to inhale coconut oil 2-3 times a day.

Kapha allergies

  • These allergies are developed due to moist, humid conditions and their symptoms include slow digestion, and mucus production.

Management and Treatment of Allergies

  • For relief from these allergies, Ayurvedic experts recommend that patients should drink one glass of warm water with half teaspoon of liquorice (Mulethi or Glycyrrhiza glabra), after every meal. Another method of treatment is to take half a teaspoon of ‘Sitopaladi’ churna with honey, three times a day.
  • Other than the above-mentioned Ayurvedic treatments for different types of allergies, there are some excellent herbs which are considered to be extremely beneficial for relief from allergy in general

The widely-known anti-allergy herbs include:

  1. Haridra (Turmeric Rhizome -Curcuma Longa)
  2. Neem (Azadirachta Indica)
  3. Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera)
  4. Tulsi (Ocimum sanctum)
  5. Shirish (Albezzia lebbock)
  6. Dalchini (Cinnamomum zeylanica)
  7. Mulethi (Glycyrrhiza glabra)
  8. Bharangi (Clerodandrum serratum)
  9. Kantakari (Solanum xanthocarpum)
  10. Manjistha (Rubia cordifolia)
  11. Vaasa (Adhatoda vasica)
  12. Anantmool (Tylphora asthmatica)

Ayurveda can effectively treat allergies in a natural manner if the patients follow some strict guidelines with regard to changes in diet and lifestyle habits, along with taking herbal formulations. In specific, patients suffering from allergies can gain benefits from Ayurvedic treatment if they remember that:

  • Heavy foods — like meats, nuts, sugar, dairy products, and processed foods — should be avoided
  • Iced beverages should be avoided
  • Plenty of warm water should be consumed throughout the day
  • Eating habits should be altered, so that the lunch is a hearty meal while the dinner is a light meal
  • Exercise should be made a part of daily routine, for stimulating agni and eliminating ama
  • Yoga breathing practices should be tried in order to relax the body and the mind
  • Adequate sleep should be ensured
  • Intense stress should be avoided because it can aggravate allergies
  • Herbal oil massage should be done to improve blood circulation and eliminate allergy-causing chemical toxins.

In addition to the above-mentioned guidelines for allergy management, there are also some other Ayurvedic approaches to treat allergies. These approaches are listed below:

  • Use a Neti pot once or twice a day, with a weak saline solution and distilled water, to reduce the heaviness of Kapha.
  • Practice ‘Nasya’ (nearly one hour after using Neti pot) by dabbing some sesame oil spiked with eucalyptus/camphor in both nostrils
  • Practice a daily ‘Pranayama’ routine which should include Kapalabhati (skull-polishing breath), Dirgha (three-part breath), Ujjayi (ocean-sounding breath), and Bastrika (bellows breath)
  • Take a Kapha-reducing diet that includes warm, light, natural, and cooked foods which can be easily digested
  • Increase the use of ‘warming’ spices — like ginger, cinnamon, black pepper, turmeric, and cumin — in cooking

Conclusion:

  • Ayurveda can kick out allergies from the body in a safe and natural manner. However, it is advisable that people suffering from allergies should have their allergy diagnosed properly, and should consult a  registered Ayurveda practitioner for guidance related to the best diet plan for them, as well as the use of the most suitable herbal formulations to cure the allergy.

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