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Diet
In winter, because of the cold weather outside, the inner ‘Agni’ – the digestive power – is
normally stronger than at other times of the year. Therefore you can now
eat more heartily, and include richer food. If our diet is too light,
the strong digestive fire will eat up the body tissues and Vata will go
out of balance. Wind and cold likewise have the effect of increasing
Vata dosha. This is easier to understand when one remembers that Vata
has the principal characteristics of ‘airy’, ‘dry’, ‘cold’, and
‘irregular’. For this reason, the following Vata-reducing measures are
especially recommended in winter.

Whenever possible, favour warm and nourishing meals (for example stews, pasta
dishes, casseroles), dairy products (e.g. cream, rice pudding), almonds
and other nuts, soaked dried fruits such as dates, raisins, or figs
(tip: serve with cream and cinnamon.)

Reduce your consumption of raw food, salads, cabbage, cauliflower, broccoli etc.,
and dry foods such as raw oats, crispbread, or cornflakes with cold
milk.

For cooking, always use some Ghee (purified butter). Ghee is particularly highly regarded in Ayurveda on account of its
health-promoting qualities. During this season, favour foods with
‘sweet’, ‘sour’, and ‘salty’ tastes.

Vata-pacifying spices include:
Cinnamon, fennel, aniseed, nutmeg, caraway seed, cardamom, liquorice, cloves,
fresh ginger, parsley, and basil, to name just a few. Many of these
spices are already contained in Vata Churna, an Ayurvedic spice mixture.

Avoid ice-cold drinks – instead take hot drinks, for example Vata Tea, Gentle Breath Tea, Almond Energy Drink or Raja´s Cup, a delicious and subtle Ayurvedic coffee-substitute. At lunch you can
drink a glass of lassi: blend one part yoghurt and three parts water,
add some rock salt and a pinch of cumin. According to your taste, you
can also prepare sweet lassi, with sugar or Sharkara candy
sugar, and for example cardamom and cinnamon or vanilla. Regular
drinking of hot water is highly recommended. The water should boil
gently for about 15 minutes in an uncovered pan. Then pour it into a
thermos flask and drink in small sips during the day. Avoid stimulants
such as coffee, black tea and cigarettes, since these thorw Vata quickly
out of balance.

Food supplements
The texts of Ayurveda describe many herbal and mineral mixtures. Their
precise combination of different ingredients, prepared according to
original formulae, makes them something quite special. The different
ingredients complement and strengthen each other. The most important Ayurvedic food supplement is Maharishi Amrit Kalash,
which consists of a herbal paste and herbal tablets. The traditional
textbooks of Ayurveda describe in detail the health-promoting qualities
of Maharishi Amrit Kalash. But in addition, a large number of recent
scientific studies have shown a significant reduction in cell-damaging
‘free radicals’.
According to Ayurvedic principles, the physiology has specific nutritious requirements in the cold season. The food supplement for the cold season has been specially formulated with this in mind. Products that are helpful to the upper air passages are the Ayurvedic Prana-Syrup, the refreshing throat pastilles Throat Ease and the food supplement Prana-Rasayana.


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