Seasons (in Ayurveda)
Ayurveda, the millenia-old "science of long life", makes it easy for you to maintain good health and even to improve it if necessary. Ayurveda simplifies the many thousands of factors that affect our health into just three principles. These principles work in the whole of nature and also on the fundamentals of mind and body. In Sanskrit these principles are called "doshas".
When these three doshas - Vata, Pitta and Kapha - are in perfect balance, you feel at ease and enjoy excellent health.
Many factors affect the balance of the doshas - for example, our daily routine, or our diet and the seasons. The tips presented here are to help you to maintain your inner balance, especially in spring. These are not about strict adherence to recommendations. An explicit goal of Ayurveda is to enhance the well-being and improve health, therefore you may make some experiments.
Fit through the Spring
In "Charak Samhita", the classic Ayurvedic textbook, the influence of nature in Spring is described like this: "Kapha accumulated in winter is liquefied in the body by the heat of the Spring sun. This can affect the power of digestion and metabolism and result in a variety of complaints."
Tips for Hot Summer Days
When it gets hot in summer, Pitta (=heat) rises in the environment, and the body reduces its inner Agni (= fire), because of its natural tendency to maintain balance. This reduces heat production, lowers metabolism and thus reduces digestive power.
Tips for the cold season
Cold weather increases digestive power, or Agni, which is usually stronger in winter than in other seasons. Therefore, you can eat a little more, and slightly richer food. If you eat too lightly, your strong Agni would begin to break down body tissue and put Vata out of balance.