Ritucharya: With Ayurveda Healthy And Balanced Enjoying Spring
Finally, it is time again: the days are getting longer, the flowers are blooming, and the birds are chirping. Spring (Vasant Ritu) is seen as a new beginning in many cultures – it is a time when life gradually regrows after the long winter. However, spring brings not only positive things: Due to the climatic changes, our bodies are facing quite different challenges than they were in winter. So that we come through the spring healthy, the Ayurvedic tradition holds some valuable tips for this season ready.
Spring begins: What happens to our body?
The days are getting longer, the sunshine stronger and the temperatures are rising. According to Ayurvedic knowledge, the renewed heat in spring (late March to June) ensures a weakening of digestion. The reduced digestive power then quickly leads to an increase in the doshas Kapha. When Kapha is increased, the development of numerous diseases is favored. Typical health disorders which can occur due to increased Kapha in spring are, e.g. Cough, colds, allergies, sinusitis and general digestive disorders.
The blooming of trees and plants and the strong pollen flight cause further problems for our health. In Germany, about 16 per cent of the population suffers from a pollen allergy. The allergic rhinitis is triggered by the pollen of trees, shrubs, grasses, cereals and herbs. As soon as the pollen comes into contact with the mucous membranes, affected persons suffer from watery and itchy eyes, runny nose or even bronchial asthma.
Ritucharya: Counteract seasonal complaints with proven measures
The Ayurvedic tradition focuses on the prevention of disease through a personalised lifestyle and diet. When adopting lifestyle habits, one’s own constitution should be taken into account as well as the current environmental conditions.
A good way to find out more about your physique is the pulse diagnosis.
In Ayurveda, the term “ritucharya” (ritu – the season, charya – the habit / routine) describes exactly this approach.
By adjusting our lifestyle to spring, we can reduce allergy and seasonal disease.
Start optimally with Ritucharya in spring
Those who observe the following principles during the Ayurvedic spring period from mid-March to June can look forward to a healthy and relaxed spring.
Ideal habits for the spring:
- Avoid sleeping during the day
- Comprehensive training, e.g. Walks, long walks in nature, jogging, swimming, etc.
- Yoga and meditation can be included in everyday life
- Oil massage before showering with warm sesame or coconut oil
- Avoid strong winds
Ideal nutrition for the springtime:
- A light cooked breakfast, e.g. Porridge (boiled corn porridge)
- The food should be easy to digest and low in calories
- Drinks: Hot water/ginger tea/turmeric tea/cinnamon tea
- One fasting every two weeks (hot soups can be eaten here)
- Avoid over-consumption of cold, raw, sweet, sour, oily and salty foods
- Optimal: Barley, durum wheat, millet, buckwheat, rice, coriander, fennel, cumin, turmeric, onions, garlic, horseradish root and ginger
- Bitter and tart foods (such as cabbage or spinach) should be incorporated into the diet
- Instead of using white sugar should be sweetened with honey or Jaggery
- Fermented foods such as yoghurt, cottage cheese, cheese, tofu or bread should be avoided
- Basically, rather freshly cooked, warm light meals should be eaten
Athena studies Chinese & Economics at the University of Cologne. Having spent many years in China and Japan, she has developed an interest in holistic medicine. Based on her interest, Athena joined Sri Sri Tattva as a content writer, social media manager and translator.
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