Winter health tips are very popular in Dr Prasanna Kerur’s busy clinic at the Ayush Wellness Spa in Jersey,. Dr Kerur is the resident Ayurvedic health expert and he is in great demand for his gentle, wise and holistic approach to health and wellbeing based on Ayurveda, the ancient system of medicine in India. Here he offers his tips for boosting winter immunity. He also includes a delicious warming soup, which is served in the spa restaurant.
Winter health tips
Generally winter is perceived as a season of dismal cold weather and a rather gloomy time of year. Ayurveda says winter is not a weakening season, but rather the best season to improve immunity. Winter is a season of Kapha accumulation and is reflected in our tendency to
hibernate during these months. Ayurveda points out the value of managing Kapha during winter by adapting naturally to appropriate
food and lifestyle activities, to counteract a lethargic and depressive phase during the year.
Food & Beverages
Eat warm and more generous portions of cooked food
Opt for plenty of warming soups made of Mung bean, Adzuki beans, Pumpkin, Carrot, Ginger, Chicken.
Don’t skip meals. Eat pure, fresh foods – stay away from canned or processed foods that contain additives and chemical preservatives.
Cook with spices – they’re not only great flavour enhancers; they can help you stay healthy and beautiful. Use energising and digestive
herbs and spices like Ginger, Mustard, Cumin seeds, Cardamom, Black pepper, Basil, Turmeric, sesame seeds.
Honey and Agave are healthier sweeteners.
Drink warm through the day and warming Herbal teas containing Ginger, Liquorice, Cardamom, Peppermint, Sage or Basil.
Ayurvedic Herbal jam, Chyavan Prash that comes from the amalaki fruit (Indian gooseberry), is one of the richest natural sources of Vitamin C,
antioxidants and has immune-enhancing effects. Recommended having couple of teaspoonful once a day. Pukka Herbs have a great version of the jam – www.pukkaherbs.com
Padaghata, pressure by foot massage helps to reduce lethargy
Udvartana, herbal powder massage helps to kick start metabolism and improves circulation and leaves you invigorated
Hot stone massage brings warmth in to the muscle tissue enhancing circulation.
Dairy, Cheese, Red meat, Shell fish, Mushrooms, alcohol
Day sleep, Late dinner, Deep fried food, Cold food and drinks.
1. Eat light, freshly cooked and easily digestible food avoiding excess dairy and wheat.
2. Eat fruit and vegetables like Indian gooseberries, oranges, radish, peppers and Garlic.
3. Make your own herbal teas containing Ginger, Turmeric, Cumin seeds and Cinnamon and sip 5-6 cups all day long.
4. A glass of warm water with a piece of lemon and teaspoonful of honey is a useful drink.
5. Apply a thin barrier of almond oil or coconut oil or sesame oil.
6. Ease your symptoms by taking quarter teaspoonfuls of turmeric powder and black pepper mixed with honey twice day
along with plenty of warm water or herbal teas.
7. Breath easy by practicing Pranayama/breathing techniques that enhances flow of prana/life force helps in bringing
8. Avoid frozen, cold, processed food and ice cold beverages including alcohol.
Winter warming Recipes
Mung Bean Soup
You will need:
1/2 cup Mung bean (split hulled Mung beans)
4 cups water
1 table spoon of ghee (clarified butter) or Sunflower oil
1/2 teaspoon turmeric powder
½ teaspoon mustard seeds
1/2 teaspoon cumin seeds
1 teaspoon chopped fresh cilantro
Rock salt to taste
Wash the Mung beans, add water and cook until beans are tender tender. Stir occasionally and remove
any scum that forms on top. Add rock salt and puree in a blender to a smooth consistency.
Warm the ghee or oil and add the mustard seeds, cumin seeds and turmeric. Stir briefly to release aroma and flavour.
Remove from heat. Squeeze ¼ lime and mix well. Garnish with cilantro and serve hot.
Ayush Wellness Spa in Jersey is the first destination spa of its kind dedicated to restoring optimum health to holidaymakers and spa seekers interested in the healing foundations of Ayurveda.
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