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Adapt to the changing weather

Shikha Sharma, Hindustan Times
February 24, 2012
First Published: 16:52 IST(24/2/2012)
Last Updated: 20:03 IST(25/2/2012)

The season is changing fast and people are falling ill due to the changes in the environment. Here are some precautions you can take to avoid exposure and build immunity.

Avoid drinking cold water as soon as you walk into a cooler environment from the heat outside.

Avoid turning on the air-conditioner in your car.

FruitAvoid eating ice-cream when you’re out in the sun.

This is the best time for citrus fruits – their sourness is good for the body.

To cleanse the body of accumulated kapha, take mild natural laxatives and fast once a week. Kapha tends to accumulate in the winter and can create problems like arthritis, asthma and skin and lung allergies.

This is the best time for medicated warm baths and steam inhalation. ayurveda gives importance to medicated steam which reaches the deeper parts of the lungs. Medicate the steam with eucalyptus and neem alternately and prevent problems like tuberculosis and sarcoidosis.

A cinnamon infusion, long pepper and ginger root infusion or a herbal decoction taken twice a day will help your liver to reset its metabolism.

At this time it is important to avoid cereals for at least one meal. It gives your liver some rest so it can start the cleansing and rejuvenation process.

Your skin can take a beating because of dryness. Do abhyanga with medicated oil and help your body retain its natural glow.

Drink a lot of warm fluids to detoxify your system. Try vegetables juices, followed by whole fruits and soups in the evening. In this transitional time, consuming your calories in fluid form helps the body to readjust and realign to the environment.

From HT Brunch, February 26

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