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Ayurveda for Autumn

  Ayurveda for Autumn

         Autumn is here.As leaves begin to change colour,days are getting shorter and the   nights are also getting cooler.

    The change of seasons from summer to fall also brings changes to our health.

    Fall and winter are the peak times for constant headaches, runny nose, annoying cough, sore throat and tiredness making people's life a misery.

    Rain, strong wind and humidity variations are all factors that contribute to lowering our immune system.

     In Ayurveda the autumn season corresponds to two major doshas,Pitta and Vata. 

     Autumn is considered Pitta as long as hot weather prevails, and Vata as it becomes cold.Late autumn and winter are known as “Vata season”

     Autumn is predominantly a cool season when Vata dosha dominates inside and outside our bodies. Vata is predominant in the elements air and space, giving it cold, light, dry, rough, and moving qualities. This quality of movement makes Vata the most powerful dosha, capable of aggravating Pitta and Kapha when unbalanced.

      All body types are vulnerable to Vata derangement during autumn and winter, but those who are predominantly Vata types need to be particularly vigilant about staying in balance.

  Follow a Vata-pacifying Diet:
  • Eat foods that are warming, fresh, and well cooked; avoid dry or uncooked foods (especially salads and raw fruits and vegetables).
  • Drink lots of warming liquids such as hot water and herbal teas to prevent dehydration.
  • Eat more of the sweet, sour, and salty tastes and less of the bitter, astringent, and pungent ones. Avocados, bananas, mangoes, peaches, lemons, pumpkins, carrots, beets, asparagus, quinoa, rice, mung beans, almonds, sesame seeds, and ghee are a few excellent Vata-pacifying foods.
  • Indulge in self oleation(abhyanga )in the morning or before bed.Leave the oil for about 15min and then shower. Use a nourishing,warming oil such as sesame or almond.

 Cleansing/detox for Autumn:

      According to Ayurvedic theory, by the time autumn rolls around, we have accumulated plenty of heat in our tissues from the summer—that’s fiery pitta dosha.

   During the fall, detox/cleansing is recommended, in preparation for winter.

   This is a cleanse recommended to strengthen the digestion and cellular metabolism in order to create and maintain a healthy tissue and the most important aspect,boost immunity.

   Therapeutic Panchakarma helps restore our natural state of health and wellness, bringing balance to our bodily systems and improving their functionality.

   Strengthening digestion is done through diet, food habits and, often, herbal support.The diet that is indicated during a fall cleanse is light and well spiced.

   Herbal remedies may be used to strengthen appetite and digestion.Fennel and ginger tea is excellent for enhancing digestion.Spices used commonly in fall cleansing include cardamom, fresh ginger, cinnamon, fennel, cumin, and turmeric.

   Enhancing cellular metabolism is done with exercise and massage.  During the fall cleanse, it is essential that one exercises daily.
   Massage facilitates the movement of lymphatic fluid to lymph nodes and allows the body to build healthy tissue free of accumulated toxins.

   Eat easily digestible foods during the cleanse, so your body can put more energy towards eliminating toxins.

   * For those who wish to carry out a proper panchkarma cleansing/detox programme always get advice from an ayurvedic physician.

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