With the chilled winter season here or when travelling to cold countries, especially if coming from warmer climates, one definitely needs to stay healthy and keep energy levels high. One must strive to keep the mind, body, and spirit systems synchronized and in check to make it through the entire trip.
Well, guess what people in India and practictioners of Ayurvedic medicine know what the solution to surviving winter is, and therefore our article will focus on five proven ways to stay healthy during the winter season.
- Using Ashwagandha for enhanced energy
Ashwagandha is popularly known as a stress reliever and energy booster to the human body. The Ashwagandha is a small shrub grown in parts of India and Africa extracts are obtained from its roots to cure various conditions.
Once the Ashwagandha extracts are consumed, they increase the insulin sensitivity within the muscle cells and help reduce blood sugar levels, especially in diabetic people. Ashwagandha also helps in the reduction of cortisol levels which is stress causing hormone that, when produced in high levels, results in high blood sugar levels which are conditions associated to develop during the winter season.
Researchers of Ayurvedic medicine attribute 85% of human diseases as a result of digestion issues. Considering that probiotics are bacteria that naturally occur in the intestines and boost the digestion process by fighting other forms of bad bacteria. Probiotics greatly contribute to the health of the gastrointestinal tract by introducing digestive and metabolic regulators.
- Lion’s Mane mushrooms
Looking for exotic supplements, then look no further. Once you have spotted Lion’s Mane mushroom which can be served raw, dried, in capsules or even extracted to form food supplements that are bioactive and beneficial to the brain and heart development.
Lion’s Mane mushroom is considered to boost the immune system, especially against bacteria and viruses, reducing the risk of contracting infections, especially during the winter season. The mushroom also contains an extracted compound known as hericenone which scientists note reduced the risk of blood clots with the system thus greatly decreasing the chances of developing a heart attack.
- Food supplements
Focus on milk as a food supplement cannot be exhaustive enough notwithstanding, we are all born from breast milk to boost our growth and development as well as increase the brain capacity and help boost the immune system at an early stage. Later we develop other forms of processed milk including cow, goat, and camel milk.
Camel milk especially during winter acts as a laxative to the human body and boosts the body’s natural defenses. Camel milk is very nutritious for both children and adults and in ayurvedic medicine, it is considered to be very effective against tuberculosis and asthma which are prevalent during the winter season. Goat milk, on the other hand, contains anti-inflammatory properties that help in the control of gut inflammation as well as boosting the platelet count in blood all of which are side effects associated with winter travels.
When discussing Ayurvedic medicine, Moringa plays a huge role in considering its popularity in Africa and India where it grows perfectly. It contains antioxidants that are used as preservatives for fatty foods as well as very rich minerals like calcium, zinc, and magnesium that are important for boosting the immunity of the human body. The antioxidants present in Moringa also present themselves with richness in Vitamin A and E which come in handy during the winter season when the skin tends to get rough and dry. Vitamins A and E help in skin restoration by getting rid of the toxins from the body.
The Iron contained in Moringa is important in enabling the body immune system to detect infections early before any form of severance especially during winter when the human body tends to be weak.
Conclusively, it is worthwhile to note that during winter the human body responds differently when triggered by the sudden change in lifestyle practices and needs to cope with the cold weather. Thus, there would be no other better alternative to turn out other than Ayurveda medicinal practices that have proved to work for decades owing to the rich Indian history that considers the form of treatment as therapeutic.