Many of us love to travel and find that a change of scene, a rest or an expanse of mind all help to boost our health. The travelling itself can take its toll, however, and has long been documented in Ayurveda as something to watch out for. All the principle texts of Ayurveda list travel as one of the vata-increasing factors. These texts were written in the days of horses and carts; imagine what would have been said about aeroplanes. The speed, the dryness, the time zones… ouch.
So how to get the benefits of travel without the downsides?
Travel increases vata and disturbs digestive fire
What does increased vata look like?
And disturbed digestive fire?
We can get immediate problems such:
- constipation etc.
It can also lead to:
- a general sense of heaviness
- lack of energy
- a sense of blockage in the body.
If we allow the digestion to continue in a weak state, these more general symptoms can develop to a whole host of ailments and full-blown diseases.
Keep your vata in check
Keep your digestive fire strong
Follow these simple Ayurvedic guidelines and your travel doesn’t need to cost you your health.
Until next time, take care of yourselves.
Author: Kate Siraj, Ayurvedic Practitioner, BSc Ayurveda, MChem (Oxon), MAPA.
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