Spices – Winters Miracle Workers

spicesIn wintertime, we tend to eat a little bit more to help compensate for the cold. Extra calories can be burned off to keep us warm and a little more body fat will do the trick, too. However, more food also makes us lethargic, and when you are used to a steady weight accompanied by a certain “body feeling”, it can make you uncomfortable and unfamiliar within your physical home.

There is a belief that the hot spices in the Indian diet are responsible for the high incidence of heart disease and high blood pressure among Indian souls. However, strictly speaking, it is not the spices that are the “baddies”, rather the modern instruction and liberal use of cooking oil (rather than the moderate use of cold-pressed sesame, mustard, coconut oil and ghee) and white flour for rotis, puris etc.

Spices help to stimulate the body towards self-healing and provide a fine-tuning of the body. However, there seems to be two types of people when it comes to spices: those who enjoy spices (and sometimes feel bad about having them!) and those with whom they don’t agree at all. To the first group, one would suggest, “Please enjoy them!”, and to the second group, “Practice makes you perfect. You can slowly raise your tolerance level!”

A wise way to deal with winter’s austerity is to rely on the warming and invigorating natural medicines that Ayurveda, the ancient “sister” of yoga, discovered many thousands of years ago. These are subtle and calorie-free remedies and go a long way to working small changes into the way we feel and experience. Spices are natural medicines and can be warming or cooling. Here we look at a few of the prominent warming ones:

Turmeric (also known as Haldi or Borrie)
Turmeric has a mellow, warming effect. It “lubricates” the body by harmonising all the mucous membranes functioning. Do you know that dry, cold feeling inside? Turmeric will help balance the air element and is rejuvenating, a natural beauty remedy and a good blood purifier. It creates that glowing, youthful look on yogis and yoginis which makes us wonder “is this person 30 or 50 years old?”

If you suffer from cracking joints, turmeric too will take care of that. Cheap as it is, I suggest you buy a big packet and start taking it now!

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