Ayurvedic Health tips for Winter

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Dr. Srivatsa Bhardwaj obtained his  degree in Ayurvedic Medicine  from the  Rajiv Gandhi University.  He is  trained intensively  in  the traditional techniques of ayurveda, identification of plants, usage of plants and panchakarma therapies. Dr.Srivatsa is a well trained  pulse reader and has helped many people to recover from different illnesses and diseases. He  regularly  conducts workshops and seminars on this subject and has contributed  several articles to various publications.

Dr. Anasuya  Devi graduated from the Rajiv Gandhi university as an  Ayurvedic physician . Anasuya specializes in the traditional techniques of ayurveda, identification of plants  and panchakarma therapies. She is trained  intensively in the  natural system of living  and has mastered the unique technique of pulse reading. Dr. Anasuya has successfully helped people  recover from many diseases. She has to her credit several  formulations of  herbal  remedies and signature natural therapies. She is an expert  in holistic  cooking. Dr. Anasuya imparts her knowledge through seminars, workshops, presentations and  radio programs.


""Winter is a season when the body craves for more food.  People tend to eat repeatedly at irregular intervals due to increased digestive power. Moreover, physical activity is reduced to a minimum. A combination of excessive food intake and less physical activity is the root cause to a series of health alterations.

During winter, people experience problems like, creaky joints, body pains, lethargy , numbness, cough, flu, dryness  amongst  many other  health problems.

We recommend a time tested regimen as per Ayurveda , to be followed during winter in order to maintain good health.

Food habits 

  • Eating nuts and dry fruits (in limited quantities )like  Sesame seeds, Almonds, Cashews, Pistachio, Walnut, Hazel nuts, Dates, Apricots, Prunes, Raisins  will provide necessary vitamins, natural oils and provide required nutrients to  keep the body warm. 
  • Use spices like Black pepper, Garlic, Onion, Cumin, Coriander, Ginger, Asafetida, Mustard seeds  to  help in the digestion and elimination of abdominal gases.
  • Vegetables like drum sticks, spinach, amaranth, bitter gourd, green banana, fenugreek leaves ( Methi), Mint leaves provides the necessary fiber and nutrition and at the same time are easily digestible.
  • Sprouts have a lot of fiber and proteins in them. Their consumption will help provide enough energy without feeling heavy.
  • A glass of fresh warm milk (preferably organic fresh milk) with a pinch of turmeric and black pepper will boost the immunity. 
  • Freshly prepared warm food will enhance circulation and increase enzyme activity.
  • Fruits rich in Vitamin C like Gooseberry ( Amla), Orange, Lemon, Tangerine help flush out the toxins from the body.
  • Fasting once a week at regular intervals is recommended to detoxify the body .

Living habits

  • Regular body massage with fresh cold pressed vegetable oils to improve circulation
  • Regular gargling with warm salt water or warm decoction of Triphala with salt will prevent throat infections.
  • This is the best season for conceiving a healthy strong child.
  • Wear warm clothes made of natural fibers like cotton , wool , jute etc .
  • Must keep bowels clean by going to the toilet at least once a day.
  • At least 60 minutes of physical exercise is recommended to maintain circulation and keep active.
  • Apply oil on the feet and  hands and dip in warm salt water for 10 minutes to improve circulation and reduce numbness.
  • Inhale hot vapors of  natural essential oils like eucalyptus, tulasi (holy basil), lemon grass, mint, menthol  to prevent nasal congestion.
  • Drink at least 2 liters of fresh warm water everyday to prevent  dehydration and flush out toxins.
  • Apply  natural lavender oil on the forehead and nose to prevent depression.
  • Panchakarma procedures are recommended regularly during this season.

Author: Dr. Anasuya Devi

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