How to be healthy during the winter - Beat the Winter

Long nights, short days, sparkling snowflakes and people dressed in warm clothes are the images evoked for the word winter. The winter season is marked as Hemanta Rtu and Sisira Ritu in ayurveda. Hemanta Ritu begins mid-November and ends mid-January. It falls in the southern solstice which in Ayurveda is called as Visega Kala or Dakshinayana. Sisira Ritu starts from mid-January and lasts until mid-March. Sisira Ritu falls in the northern solstice called Aadana Kaala or Uttaraayana.

How to be healthy during the winter - Beat the Winter

Long nights, short days, sparkling snowflakes and people dressed in warm clothes are the images evoked for the word winter. The winter season is marked as Hemanta Rtu and Sisira Ritu in ayurveda. Hemanta Ritu begins mid-November and ends mid-January. It falls in the southern solstice which in Ayurveda is called as Visega Kala or Dakshinayana. Sisira Ritu starts from mid-January and lasts until mid-March. Sisira Ritu falls in the northern solstice called Aadana Kaala or Uttaraayana.

Winter causes health problems if adequate precautions and safety precautions are not taken. But winters can be fully enjoyed if we change our diet and lifestyle a bit the way nature wants it to. Since we are part of nature, these changes help us to cope with the seasonal changes without very serious health problems.

Beat the Winter Time Blues

Few experience a condition called Winter Time Blues. This condition causes symptoms such as increased appetite, craving for sweets, chocolate or starchy foods, weight gain, mild depression, irritability and short temper. This condition is well marked in people living in places experiencing a long severe winter.

In winter, the agni or body fire increases with the support of vata. There will therefore be a clear increase in appetite. The frequency of food consumption is increasing. We need to pay attention to the kind of food we consume to satisfy our appetite during the winter. Avoid consuming junk food, too many sweets and oily foods as it leads to weight gain.

Simple remedies for this condition are to expose our body to sunlight, exercise for 30 minutes and use bright light when you are indoors.

Spoil your skin during the winter.

In winter, the skin cannot naturally re-perfect due to less moisture. Low humidity due to indoor heating, hot showers and bathing exaggerates this condition and the skin is likely to become dry and irritated. Dry skin tends to crack and bleed. Cracked skin loses the ability to protect the body and increases the risk of infection. The best ways to keep your skin soft, healthy and moisturized are:

  • Avoid long hot showers and baths.
  • The quick bath is three minutes.
  • Use moist body wash.
  • Apply petroleum jelly on difficult areas such as knees, elbows and heels.
  • Apply lip balm to prevent cracking.
  • Twenty to 30 minutes of aerobic exercise three times a week can give your skin a healthy glow.
  • Ayurveda stress on massaging the body with oil during the winter.

Special care for your face

Avoid your face repeatedly. It flushes natural oils from our skin and makes the skin dry, scaly and wrinkled. Use lukewarm warm water instead of warm water to wash the face. Apply a moisturizer when your skin is dry. Apply sunscreen to exposed parts of body and face when going out in the sun.

Avoid colds and coughs in winter.

Take well-balanced good nutritious food, exercise three times a week and sleep well to maintain natural resistance. Avoid direct contact with those who have colds and wash your hands regularly.

Hypothermia

Hypothermia is a drop in body temperature to 95 degrees Fahrenheit or less. It can be fatal if not detected immediately and treated properly. Any body can be the victim of hypothermia. Elderly people are at greatest risk, as their bodies do not adapt quickly to changes in temperature. It takes a few days to a few weeks to develop. A temperature of 60F to 65F can cause this condition. A drop in body temperature causes fatal reactions of the body. Narrow the blood vessels near the body surface to prevent heat loss. Muscles tighten to generate heat. People affected by hypothermia have symptoms such as shivering, drowsiness, slurred speech, pulse of the week, slow heartbeat, slow and shallow breathing. If the body temperature drops below 86 F, he may slip into a coma.

Do not try to treat someone with hypothermia at home. Immediately take him to the hospital as soon as you notice the symptoms. Do not give alcoholic beverages and do not give him hot water bath.

In ayurveda, it is advisable to drink warm water, put on warm clothes and to stay close to the fireplace in winter to prevent this condition.

Freezing bite

The exposed body parts such as face, feet, wrists and hands are affected by frostbite. The skin on the affected part becomes white, stiff and feels numb.

Gradually warm up the affected parts. Cover the area with warm clothing or keep the affected hands under armpits and seek immediate medical attention. Do not rub the affected areas as it may damage the underlying tissue.

Protect your small bowls from the cold.

Children are usually excited to go outside, regardless of the weather conditions. To ensure that these little pickups have a safe and fun winter, take a few simple measures to keep them warm and unharmed inside and out. Make sure they stay warm while waiting for low bus conditions. Keep them as dry as possible in cold weather and let them wear warm clothes. Cover their head, face and neck as much as possible. Inadequate head protection leads to loss of almost half of body heat. Do not allow them to exert and sweat too much. Sweat cools the body which is dangerous in winter and it becomes difficult to warm up again. Keep them well hydrated, because they can not drink enough water in winter due to thirst.

Other general precautions by the Red Cross for the winter.

Wear layers to adapt to changing circumstances. Avoid over-drying or overexertion that can lead to heat illness.

Most of your body heat is lost through your head, so wear a hat, preferably one that covers your ears.

Gloves provide more warmth to your hands than gloves.

Wear waterproof, insulated boots to avoid hypothermia or freezing by keeping your feet warm and dry and keeping your feet in ice and snow.

Immediately remove wet clothing and warm body temperature with a blanket or warm liquids such as hot cider or soup. Avoid drinking caffeine or alcohol if you or someone you are trying to help expects you to have hypothermia or freezing.

Recognize the symptoms of hypothermia that can be a serious medical condition: confusion, dizziness, exhaustion, and severe shivering. Seek medical attention immediately if you have these symptoms.

Recognize warning signs of frostbite: discoloration of gray, white or yellow skin, numbness, waxy skin. Seek medical attention immediately if you have these symptoms.

Daily routine for winter

  1. Tickle your taste buds with sweet, sour and salty flavors.
  2. Satisfy your appetite with hot soup, milk and balanced food.
  3. Pamper your body with a light oil massage.
  4. Always wear warm clothes.

We wish you a healthy winter. Nice winter





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