A Baked Apple A Day Keeps The Doctor Away

New article on MindBodyGreen

I have nothing against raw apples but with the onset of Fall and Vata dosha taking the reigns, soft and easy to digest fruits will have a more nourishing and soothing effect on the stomach.

Vata dosha is very light, airy, and cold by nature. So is the Fall with its cooling temperatures and chilly winds. Since we are all part of nature, we are influenced by all the seasonal changes almost as much as the trees. As the leaves dry our skin gets drier and so do the trees. Our extremities, especially our palms and feet tend to get cold and our joints crack just like dry leaves crack when we walk in the park.

Trees don’t look as bright and happy once the foliage is gone and people tend to get gloomy and depressed when the days get shorter and colder. Whether you realize it or not, you are influenced by the oncoming of Fall, too. You might feel it literally in your gut if there is a tendency to get vata indigestion with bloating, gas, and irregularity. Vata can also show up mentally and emotionally as insomnia, restlessness, indecisiveness, and fatigue are all symptoms. It doesn’t have to be all that bad though. If you stay mindful and listen to your body’s needs you can reap the wonderful benefits of Vata dosha. Creativity, lightness, heightened clarity, are all signs of a balanced vata.

So what would you rather feel like: gloomy and constipated or light and creative?

Let’s go over some general Vata balancing guidelines: …read more

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