The cold winds of winter are depleting. The body requires more fuel to feed the strong digestive fire. Since we crave a more substantial, nutritive diet at this time of year, you will likely find yourself eating larger quantities of food. Here are three ways to build your immunity during this season:
Balance all tastes
Transition from the sweet and salty taste of fall. Retain the sour taste common to both seasons.
Include hot spices like garlic, ginger, black pepper, cayenne, and chili peppers.
Cooked and dried fruits, and citrus are ideal.
Reduce dairy and cold drinks
While dairy is best reduced in the winter months, a cup of hot, spiced milk with a pinch of turmeric or dried ginger and nutmeg can help reduce congestion.
Drink warm or hot beverages and avoid iced or chilled drinks.
You can clean and clear respiratory passages by drinking a tea boiled with ½ teaspoon each of dried ginger, cinnamon, and clove.
Choose hot and light
Cooked grains like oatmeal, cornmeal, barley, tapioca, and brown rice, are fulfilling.
Legumes are usually good but they should be well-cooked, well-spiced, and garnished with a dollop of ghee this season.
Consume soups and cooked vegetables like radishes, spinach, onions, carrots, and other root vegetables.