Stay Healthy this Fall

 

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Fall is a time of transition. We shift from hot weather to cold weather and the climate swings back and forth between extremes. It can be confusing for your mind and body; a time when it’s easy to “fall” into ill health.

 

From an Ayurvedic perspective, hot, pitta (fiery) summer begins to move into cool autumn and brings out the vata (air) dosha. As the vata dosha gets more aggravated, our attention will be turned more and more toward keeping vata from becoming excess. This can sometimes make you fatigued and spacey, and can contribute to dry skin.

 

Fall is a good time to work a little harder to lead a stable life and stick to your routine. We should get up early when the world is calm, to prepare the mind for the day. As part of your daily routine, rinse your mouth with a warm mouth rinse, such as mild cinnamon and clove. You might also massage your skin with sesame or almond oil.

 

A warm, moist and nourishing diet is just right for fall. Keep your meals moderate in size and well balanced with a variety of foods. Well-cooked steamed vegetables, rice with ghee and soft soups hit the target. Radish, fenugreek, soy milk, almonds, walnuts, Brazil nuts, tortillas and whole wheat are good choices. Consuming onion, garlic and ginger can help keep you warm and support your immune system. Also, don’t skimp on sweet, sour and salty foods! Sweet tastes, such as avocado, cherries, grapefruit and carrots, are grounding. Sour and salty tastes, like pickles, in moderation, can help pump up your digestion.

 

To top off your meal, Ayurvedic cuisine proposes a dessert of sweetened cream of wheat with almonds. And before bed, how about a delicious nighttime drink for the fall, made from half water and half milk, boiled with ginger, cardamom and nutmeg?

 

Warming herbal teas are also perfect for the fall. Select blends with licorice root, cinnamon bark, ginger root, basil, cardamom seed, black pepper and/or clove. (You might try our Egyptian Licorice, Ginger, Chai Rooibos and Tulsi Spiced Berry Immune Support products.)

 

This seasonal transition is also a good time for a last detoxification program before the winter. Take a few days to clean up your diet and your life to prepare for what can be for many of us a more sedentary season. On the topic of detoxification, you might enjoy reading:

 

The importance of detoxification for overall wellness

Dandelion Root and Yogi DeTox teas

 

Thanks for reading, and enjoy the season!

 

~Karta Purkh Singh Khalsa


4 Comments

  • .Paula says:

    I love all of the Yogi brand Teas I have tried. They are very high quality herbs used in your teas. My favorite drink to have after my daily walk routine, especially exceptional for cold autumn days. I also love the fact this company is local here in the Pacific Northwest. I gave my neighbor your tea and he loves it too. I’ve never experienced a better tea. I’m drinking your cold season sampler and I love it. Thank You for using organic herbs. Paula

  • Caroline says:

    I love your Bedtime time, I actually have one every night.

  • Brenda says:

    I can only try the caf. free, which ones are they? can you send me a sample of those ? Thank you

  • Yogi says:

    Hi Brenda! To view a full list of our caffeine free teas here on our website, visit: https://www.yogiproducts.com/teas/herbal-teas/. All of the Yogi teas listed in this section are caffeine free with the exception of Joint Comfort and Soothing Rose Hibiscus Skin DeTox. Hope this helps!

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