Last week, my son caught a runny nose for the first time in months, signalling the arrival of autumn.
As the colder months approach, it's important to prepare our immune systems for the wind, cold, and potential snow.
By following these tips, we can all enjoy a healthy autumn and winter season.
To strengthen my son's digestion and prevent illnesses, I follow these tips:
Food & Dairies:
Avoid cold milk and opt for warm cow's milk with spices like cinnamon, ginger, or turmeric to improve digestion. A pinch of spice is enough, and a bit of honey can be added when the milk cools. Plant-based milk can also benefit from spices.
Milk should be taken alone, without any other foods. Bad combinations can cause mucus, skin disorders, and heavy digestion. Plant-based milk can be mixed with fruit for breakfast.
Avoid yoghurt, cheese, and ice-cream at night, as they impair digestion and build up toxins.
Include rainbow-colored vegetables, at least 40% of the plate, preferably sautéed or steamed.
If your child has mucus, avoid bananas, too much pasta, refined bread, and cow's milk.
Favour fruits like citrus, berries, apples, plums, and pomegranate.
Herbal preparations to boost the immune system:
Elderberry syrup is ideal for coughs and digestion. Follow the instructions and take it for a month before colder days.
Vaporub is essential during cold days. Apply it on the chest with a hot water bottle on top to relieve coughs.
Chyawanaprash jam (Ayurveda Pura's or Maharishi's) is composed of many ingredients, including Indian gooseberry, high in Vitamin C. Follow the instructions for dose and administration and take it for at least a month starting before colder days.
Sitopaladi is a traditional Ayurvedic herbal medicine for respiratory issues, and Trikatu is also recommended.
It's important to note that while these tips can be helpful for general health and wellness during the autumn season, it's always best to consult with an Ayurveda practitioner for specific cases. Every child is unique and may have individual health needs that require personalized attention. An Ayurveda practitioner can provide a tailored approach to your child's health and wellness, taking into account their specific constitution, imbalances, and health concerns. They can also provide guidance on specific herbal preparations, dietary recommendations, and lifestyle practices that can support your child's health during the autumn season and beyond.