Winter is usually characterized by the color gray, with everything appearing all dull and dreary. If you are looking at ways to go healthy this season, then you need to share and bookmark this post.
Winter is the season that is generally associated with less activity, due to the weather. It is also the time most people prefer staying indoors, wrapped up in a warm blanket and sipping cups of piping hot tea. People also tend to feel hungrier during winter, which can result in random binge eating.
Go healthy this season – 8 ways to detox this winter
While this may sound comforting, it isn’t exactly the best way to detox your body this season! According to Ayurveda, winter is the time the kapha dosha (Click here to know about your doshas) builds up within the body. Along with the accumulation of toxins, called Ama, this can weaken your digestion and immunity. To cleanse your body of toxins and to recharge yourself inside out, it is recommended to follow a detoxification regimen. Here are a few ways you can detox your body this winter.
Have a detox drink everyday
There are a variety of detox drinks you can have during winter, made with antioxidant ingredients like ginger and other root vegetables. It’s best to avoid sugar during this season to keep the detox pure. Eating healthy foods that are warm is a must in this season. You can explore some of the recipes that we have already shared in our blog.
Take care of your skin
Your skin also needs a detox! You need to choose a healthy skin and hair care regime with a range of products that are chemical-free and devoid of toxins. Some of the tips that can benefit your skin and hair are:
- Opt for a gentle soap free facewash that will help cleanse the skin gently without disturbing its ph balance.
- In the mornings use a gentle moisturiser to keep your skin nourished.
- For very dry skin, use the Sacred Lotus Night Cream at nights to keep your face and neck nourished and hydrated.
- We have pure oils of almonds, castor, coconut and sesame that can hydrate your body in this season. Do an abhyanga at least thrice a week.
- Apply moisturizing lotion liberally all over the body.
- Apply a lip balm to prevent chapping of lips and to keep them moisturized.
- Use very lukewarm water when you are washing and conditioning your hair.
- Try and use the Brahmi Hibiscus hair mask at least twice a month to give your hair the extra nourishment.
Eat the freshest food available
Ayurveda says that ‘old’ food increases Ama in the body. ‘Old’ here refers to packaged, canned, frozen and even leftovers. Try to eat food as soon as it is cooked, and make meals using the freshest ingredients you can lay your hands on.
Organic food may cost a little more than your regular supermarket fare, but it’s completely worth the extra cost. Pesticides and other chemicals in food can increase the toxins in your body, negating all the effects of its nutrients.
While drinking water comes naturally to us during the hot summer months, it’s something that gets ignored during winter. Ensure your prescribed water intake – 8-10 glasses of warm water every day. Taking these simple precautions in winter season can help increase your immunity too.
Practice winter yoga
Winter means stiff muscles, so always start your yoga practice with a little warm up to loosen them. Pigeon Pose, Fish Pose and Downward Facing Dog are great poses for winter as is Surya Namaskar.
Load up on spices
Your spice box is no less than a medicine cabinet, especially in winter! Liberally use cinnamon, black pepper, cardamom, fennel, cumin and nutmeg in your food and drink. Besides adding that zing to your meals, these spices also have warming properties.
A natural consequence of the cold season is wanting to sleep more. So listen to your body and respect its need to sleep in a little more in the mornings. However, don’t make this an excuse to sleep later at night! Good rest is crucial for any detox, so don’t deprive your body.
With these tips, you’ll be all new and shiny by springtime! So get ready and stock up on spices, apples, pears and leafy greens. Put on your biggest smile and soak in the winter sun!