Have you ever noticed that you feel hungrier during winters? Well, according to ayurveda there is a spike in digestive activities when it the weather gets really cold. So eating healthy foods is the only remedy to fight cold, fever, dry skin and cracked heels, we tell you all about it.
Greens like spinach, fenugreek (methi) and mustard (sarson) as well as other vegetables like green beans, carrots, turnips, sweet potatoes and peas are rich in vitamins and antioxidants that build immunity. Red vegetables like sweet potato, beetroot and carrots are full of beta carotene and Vitamins A and E.
Spices like black pepper (kalimirch), carom seeds (ajwain), asafoetida (heeng) and cinnamon (dalcheeni), among others, are effective home remedies against colds and coughs. For best results, boil them in water and then drink that water. They are also useful in regulating the digestive system.
3. Dry fruits
Dry fruits like dried figs, apricots and dates as well as nuts and seeds like sesame seeds and flax seeds provide natural warmth to your body.
Fresh fruits like orange, papaya and amla (Indian gooseberry) are rich sources of Vitamin C, which boosts immunity.
5. Whole grains
Whole grains like wheat, corn flour (makai) and pearl millet (bajra) give you the strength to fight off the chill of winter.
6. Natural sugars
Natural sugars like jaggery (gur) and honey are excellent substitutes for the artificial sugars in your diet. They are really good for the digestive system, since they are unrefined and keep the sugars in your body balanced.
It is important to keep your body hydrated in winters, even if you don’t feel thirsty. Your body needs enough fluids as winter is a dry season. Sip on luke warm water, clear homemade soups, herbal water prepared with herbs and spices, ginger tea, green tea, amla juice or aloe vera juice throughout the day to keep your body hydrated.
Homemade ghee (clarified butter) does wonders for your skin, joints and brain throughout the year, but especially in winter, when your digestive system is at its most powerful. Ghee keeps your skin supple, lubricates your joints and tissues and helps the liver digest fat soluble vitamins, like Vitamins A, K, D and E.