Ease Winter Imbalances through Ayurveda

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[tps_header]Vata dosha governs the winter season and as the seasons shift from summer (warm and extroverted) to winter (cold and introspective), it takes time for the body’s systems to assimilate. When Vata begins to accumulate, we may experience symptoms of imbalance. Here are several ways to ease imbalances through Ayurveda. [/tps_header]

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Signs of Vata aggravation include gas, constipation, short attention span, dry skin or lips, difficulty sleeping, restlessness, and anxiety. No matter what your primary dosha may be, one of the best ways to pacify Vata is to eat seasonal, warm, and grounding foods. Nourishing soups, hot cereals, cooked vegetables and lots of warm beverages, coupled with a consistent sleeping and eating routine will help keep your Vata in check.

Favor liquid food over dry food, and warm rather than cold. Try boiling milk and drink it warm with a pinch of cardamom or dry ginger. Favor sweet, sour and salty tastes more than bitter and pungent foods. Cooked peas, Swiss chard, broccoli, cauliflower, celery, kitchari (see recipe) and sweet potatoes are nourishing comfort foods, especially when balanced with healthy fats like ghee or coconut oil. Infuse your meals with Vata- pacifying spices by cooking with cardamom, cumin, ginger, cinnamon, salt, cloves, mustard seed and black pepper, in moderation.

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