Ayurveda is a traditional Vedic system of medicine with a history of more than 5,000 years which focuses on the prevention and management of illness by incorporating principles that relate the human body and its processes to the principles of nature.
By adjusting our diet along with seasonal transitions we can prevent build up of ama or toxins in the body and thrive all year round. Without these toxins we can keep our tissues healthy, improve energy and immunity and avoid disease.
There is no one size fits all in Ayurveda medicine, we learn from nature and align our own bodies to what gives us more energy, makes us feel better and gives us emotional and mental clarity.
Over the cooler months we nourish the body to build up internal fire and maintain strength, by the time spring comes around a lot of mucous, water and toxins may have built up in our digestive tract so spring is the perfect time to detoxify and help them move out.
7 Ayurveda tips for building immunity in the transition from Winter to Spring
1. Drink warm water with lemon to cleanse the digestive tract and get the digestive fire moving
2. Drink warm herbal teas that will improve digestion and metabolism like ginger, fennel and mint
3. Dry brush your skin to clear pores and activate the skin to asisst the busy in its cleansing process and increase blood circulation. It also stimulates the sweat glands which provides moisture for the skin
4. Practice Abhyanga – an act of self care and self love by massaging your whole body with warm oil before having your bath or shower. This practice has many benefits including calming nerves, increasing circultaion, imparting muscle tone and moves the lymph, which helps with detoxification. It’s best to find out what your doshas is and pick an oil to match. There are 3 doshas:
Vata – sesame or almond oil
Pita – coconut oil
Kapha – safflower oil
5. Try to use these herbs and spices in your cooking: turmeric, cinnamon, cloves, ginger, parsley, mint and sage to improve digestion and balance metabolism
6. Lightly cook your food add increase intake of leafy green vegetables and legumes. Honey is also good at this time of year as is adding a bit of spice like cayenne pepper, chilli and black pepper
7. Avoid sleeping after sunrise and practice waking up early and going for a walk . Find a invigorating exercise practice like yoga sun salutations and backbends and inversions