According to the ancient Ayurvedic transcripts, the year is divided into six seasons and ‘Ritu’ denote season in Ayurveda. Each season or Ritu comprises of different climatic conditions that may have varied impacts on the body as well as on the surroundings. To avoid imbalance of the doshas owing to the season’s variations, Ayurveda prescribes a seasonal diet and routine called as ‘Ritucharya’ to preserve the Dosha balance.
• Shishir (Late Winter) – Mid-January to Mid-March
• Vasant (Spring) – Mid-March to Mid-May
• Grishma (Summer) – Mid-May to Mid-July
• Varsha (Rainy) – Mid-July to Mid-September
• Sharad (Autumn) – Mid-September to Mid-November
• Hemant (Dew) – Mid-November to Mid-January
Shishir – Ayurveda recommends consuming sour foods at this time. Avoid pungent, bitter and astringent foods. Going out in the cold, excessive walking and late night sleeping are best to be avoided. Practice regular oil massages and bathe with lukewarm water during this season.
Vasant – Focus on eating easily digestible foods, preferably cereals, barley, wheat, rice etc. Eat foods that are bitter, pungent and astringent in nature. Foods that are hard to digest are to be avoided, also, avoid day-sleeping.
Grishma - Foods that are easy to digest are heavily recommended. Drink plenty of water, buttermilk, fruit juices etc. Avoid pungent, sour and acidic foods. Stay in cool places and practice applying sandalwood and other aromatic oils on the body. Excessive hard work, exercise, and alcohol are not recommended.
Varsha – Sour and Salty foods are recommended during this season. Adding a little honey to the drinking water would help aid digestion. Make time for regular baths and oil massages to ease stress and digestion. Do not indulge in daytime sleeping.
Sharad - Consume more sweet, bitter and light foods this season. Rice, wheat, barley, cabbage, milk are recommended. Try to avoid hot, bitter, sweet and astringent foods. Remember to only eat when you are hungry. Avoid sunlight exposure, day sleeping and excessive eating. Water exposed to the sunlight for whole day and to the moonlight in the night is recommended to be used.
Hemant - Avoid Vata aggravating foods such as cold and dry foods. Also avoid cold drinks during this season. Eat foods that are sweet, sour and salty. It is recommended to practice exercises and body massages regularly. Also, bathe with warm water only.
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