Healthy Diet Tips: 3 Types of Foods to Include in a Winter Diet – Expert Tips

Health experts around the world suggest that all the different seasons of the year require some changes in one’s diet and lifestyle during that time. Ayurveda deals with specific defects are associated with specific seasons and winter Air And Kapha Dosha, It follows that the winter diet is the one that will help to balance or regulate Air And Kapha Dosha Strengthens the body’s immunity and immunity. Simple (genetic), kalajo (seasonal), rationalize (established) There are 3 types of immunity recognized by Ayurveda. During the winter, we would like to strengthen our rationalize Immunity through a regular and balanced diet and lifestyle, and systematic practice of yoga.

According to Ayurveda, there are certain food groups that are unsuitable for consumption during winters, such as foods with a bitter, astringent and pungent taste. Cold foods and drinks like ice cream should be avoided. Including sweet, salty and sour foods as well as hot, well cooked food in our winter diet is a good idea to keep the digestive system functioning properly. Consumption of fats, oils as well as fresh dairy products is also recommended. This is because the cold weather makes the body attempt to retain and conserve heat, thereby strengthening the digestive system. Ayurveda talks about the digestive fire or gastritis Which becomes increasingly strong during winter, enabling easy digestion of rich fatty foods and dairy products. Other foods that can be consumed during winter are different types of legumes such as kidney beans (Beans), black beans (urad dal) and jaggery (Good), is believed to increase the heat in one’s body and grains such as wheat and rice. Hot beverages, stews and soups, lukewarm water and a variety of teas—especially ginger tea—are also thought to be very beneficial.

According to Ayurveda, the foods to be included in the winter diet can be broadly classified as:

1. Good Fats and Natural Oils:

The health of the digestive system is in large part responsible for the immunity of one’s body. Ayurveda recommends adding natural dairy products, fats and oils (sesame or mustard oil), A2 Ghee to our diet in winters to retain heat and facilitate the digestion process of the body. Winters can make our bodies sluggish due to heat loss and the only way to treat this is through a rich and heat-inducing diet that includes good fats.

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A2 Ghee in our winter diet helps in promoting better digestion

2. Warm, Well Cooked Winter Vegetables:

Winter is a great time to steam up hot broths, soups, stews, etc., made with only delicious seasonal vegetables like carrots, beets, parsnips, and leafy vegetables like kale, cauliflower, etc. Pre-cooked or ready-to-eat food should be avoided as far as possible and as mentioned earlier, hot, well-cooked food is an absolute necessity in winters, to control . vata dosha in our body.

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3. Dried Fruits:

It is no secret why people from places known to record freezing temperatures during winters include dry fruits as a permanent part of their diet. Dried fruits have myriad health benefits—they help keep the mind sharp and improve memory, but they also help keep warm from within. Nuts and fruits like cashews, pistachios, dates, almonds, walnuts and the oils secreted by them have amazing health benefits and keep the body energized during winters.

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Author Bio: Dr. Pratap Chauhan is an Ayurvedacharya and Director of Jiva Ayurveda.

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