5 warming foods that keep the cold out
Warming foods are often misunderstood as food that is heated to a certain temperature and cooling foods as the ones that need to be frozen. But according to the time-honored knowledge of Ayurveda, food is classified as warming or cooling as per the internal nature of the food product and its effect on our digestive system. Which in turn is directly affected by the seasons or ritus of the year.
In Ayurveda, the concept of Ritucharya – the principle of lifestyle adapted to seasons – is considered sacrosanct. And that is why choosing seasonal fruits and vegetables is considered the key to a healthy and toxin-free life. In the summers our metabolism is higher and so the body requires more hydration as well as light and easy food. In the winters, though the metabolism works harder to maintain a comfortable body temperature. Hence our body needs more energy from richer and more nourishing foods. This is also the reason why Ayurveda recommends the oil, butter, spices and dried fruits be consumed in various ways during the cold months.
Here are the top 5 warming foods that we recommend and can be easily incorporated into your diet to help keep you warm as the temperature dips: