Riding The Transition Into Autumn

Date Posted:17 March 2015 

Now that the weather is becoming cooler with increased rainfall, this signals to nature that summer is coming to a close and the seasonal change to autumn has begun.

The winds of change are blowing the heat that has accumulated during the summer season around your body. There is an increase of Pitta symptoms as the body tries to detox the excess heat that has been released into your bloodstream for a spontaneous seasonal cleanse.

Clients I am seeing during this time reflect this seasonal change in their body and minds.  As Vata dosha guides the seasonal changes people are noticing that their symptoms are more changeable, one day this and one day that.

How is this seasonal change affecting you?

When the heat from the small intestine (home of Pitta) goes sideways then the blood can become hot leading to

  • A build up of impurities that loads the liver exacerbating aches and pains throughout the body and increasing inflammation
  • Liver imbalance which reduces fat metabolism and increases likelihood of cholesterol problems, weight gain and metabolic issues
  • Flaring up or onset of skin conditions
  • Anaemia and poor absorption of nutrients due to the burning effect, which reduces the body’s ability to digest and uptake nutrients
  • Gallbladder issues causing difficulty digesting fats, increase of gall stones and gallbladder pain

When the heat goes upwards from the stomach one can experience

  • Indigestion or acidity
  • Burping with a hot acid result
  • Variable digestion that is sometime sharp and sometimes flat or cold, causing a disinterest in food
  • Increased food cravings

When the heat goes upwards along with an increased heat in the blood then the heart value becomes overheated and one can experience

  • Feeling impatient, intolerant and or a tendency to snap, become angry or irritable more easily.
  • A sense that life is moving too fast leading to worry, fear and feeling out of control.
  • Increased anxiety or feeling powerless and trapped.

When the heat goes down through the urinary system into the intestines and bowel, one can experience

  • An increase of heat in the urinary system causing increased frequency of urination
  • A change in the colour of your urine to a deeper yellow or darker colour.
  • This increased heat also increases the likelihood of cystitis if you are prone to it.
  • For some this can also create a tendency for fluid retention around the ankles and fingers.

When the heat goes down through the intestines into the bowel one can experience

  • Increased daily frequency of bowel motion. Whereas once a day is considered normal in Ayurveda, twice or more indicates an increase of heat within your system.
  • Loose, unformed or liquid bowel motions
  • Changeable bowel motions from dry to soft to loose
  • Increased dryness if fluid intake and soft fibres are not increased causing bowel motion to be less than daily, pebble-like or hard to pass.

What to do?

Whenever there is a build-up the first priority is to reduce the increased dosha, or heat, and the impurities it creates. This is best done at the seasonal change before the next season begins. Cleansing the accumulation of heat and impurities between summer and autumn reduces your likelihood of future illness and as the saying goes … a stitch in time saves nine.

So protect your health and support immunity to be cold-free this winter by preparing with a seasonal cleanse. Here’s what to do:

VATA cleanse and detox >>
Choose this cleanse if you are Vata type or suffering from Vata imbalances such as constipation, difficulty sleeping or feeling worried, anxious or fearful

PITTA cleanse and detox >> 
Choose this cleanse if you are a Pitta type or suffering from Pitta imbalances such as bodily heat or acidity, loose bowel motions, waking in the night and finding it difficult to go back to sleep, or feeling resentful and angry within.

KAPHA cleanse and detox >>
Choose this cleanse if you are a Kapha type or suffering from Kapha imbalances such as weight gain, mucous congestion, with low energy and finding it difficult to motivate yourself and a tendency to feel sad or low in mood.

Wishing you an easy and rejuvenating seasonal change!

Linda Sinden has been a practising Maharishi Ayurveda Consultant since 1990 and is a regular contributor to our weekly Insights. She has a practice in Auckland, New Zealand and also provides phone or Skype sessions for those who need assistance, but don’t have a consultant in their vicinity. Email: lindasinden@orbislife.co.nz Skype: Linda.Sinden Mobile: +64 212237525   linda_sinden

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