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How to energize your body in Kapha season?

As we move through the winter season, it is common to experience an accumulation of Kapha, the earth and water elements in the body in traditional Ayurvedic medicine. When Kapha builds up we might notice stiffness, exhaustion, congestion, brain fog or sluggishness. These patterns are the body asking for some movements, heat and energy!

Here are some ways to support your body during this time:

1. Exercise regularly

 exerciseExercise can energize the body during the winter season for several reasons:

  • Increases circulation: Exercise helps to increase blood flow and oxygenation throughout the body, providing a boost of energy.
  • Boosts mood: Exercise releases endorphins, which are chemicals in the brain that elevate mood and reduce stress.
  • Increases metabolism: Regular exercise helps to regulate metabolism, which can lead to a boost in energy levels.
  • Improves sleep: Exercise can help to regulate sleep patterns and improve the quality of sleep, which can lead to feeling more refreshed and energized during the day.
  • Combats winter blues: The lack of sunlight during the winter months can lead to feelings of sadness and lethargy, but exercise has been shown to help counteract these symptoms.
  • Enhances immune system: Exercise can help boost the immune system, which can help prevent illness and increase energy levels.

2. Consume light, warm, and spicy foods

Light and warm meals are easier to digest and can boost metabolism, providing the body with energy. Spices like ginger, garlic, and turmeric have anti-inflammatory properties and can stimulate circulation, further increasing energy levels. They also contain vitamins and minerals that support overall health and vitality.

3. Practice early rising

Waking up early in the morning, especially in the winter months, can help regulate the circadian rhythm and align it with the natural light-dark cycle. This helps regulate sleep patterns and improve the quality of sleep, leaving you feeling more refreshed and energized in the morning. Exposing yourself to natural light in the morning also triggers the release of hormones like cortisol and serotonin, which help regulate mood, alertness, and energy levels.


4. Reduce sleeping time

Sleep is essential for physical and mental restoration, and it helps regulate hormones that control mood, alertness, and energy levels. When you don't get enough sleep, you may experience fatigue, irritability, and decreased productivity, which can harm both your physical and mental health. It is recommended to get 7-9 hours of sleep each night to maintain optimal health and energy levels.

Oversleeping can also have negative effects on your health, even during the winter months. While it is common to feel a tendency to sleep more during the winter due to shorter daylight hours and changes in circadian rhythms, consistently sleeping more than 9 hours per night can disrupt your sleep patterns and lead to decreased energy levels and feelings of grogginess. Oversleeping can also negatively impact your mood, increase the risk of developing certain health conditions, and affect your ability to focus and be productive throughout the day. 

Hence, you should stay active and avoid long periods of inactivity or napping during the day. Maintaining a consistent sleep schedule and striving for 7-9 hours of sleep each night can help keep you feeling energized and alert.

5. Practice mindfulness, deep breathing, and stress-management techniques.

Similar to regular exercise, practicing mindfulness and stress-management techniques can benefit you for several reasons:
  1. Reduces stress: These techniques help to reduce the levels of cortisol, the stress hormone, in the body, which can lower stress and increase energy levels.

  2. Improves focus and concentration: Mindfulness and deep breathing can help to improve focus and concentration, allowing for a more productive and energetic day.

  3. Boosts mood: These practices release endorphins, chemicals in the brain that elevate mood and reduce stress, leading to an increase in energy levels.

  4. Promotes relaxation: By slowing down breathing and relaxing the mind, these practices can help to promote relaxation and reduce feelings of fatigue.

  5. Increases oxygen flow: Deep breathing can increase the flow of oxygen to the body, which can improve physical energy levels.

  6. Regulates sleep: Practicing mindfulness and stress management techniques can help regulate sleep patterns and improve the quality of sleep, leading to feeling more refreshed and energized.

Use aromatherapy with invigorating scents like eucalyptus or peppermint to aid with your deep breathings. Lighting up a soy wax candle to ensure the air that you breath in is not toxic to your lungs or the environment. 

6. Try dry brushing or self-massage with a plant-based oil to stimulate circulation.

Dry brushing or self-massage with sesame oil helps to stimulate circulation and improve lymphatic drainage. The increased blood flow can bring more oxygen and nutrients to the body's tissues, resulting in a boost of energy. Additionally, sesame oil is warm in nature and is believed to balance Kapha energy in Ayurveda, leading to an overall sense of rejuvenation and revitalization. The physical stimulation from the brushing or massage can also help to energize the body and combat feelings of sluggishness that can be common during Kapha season.

In Ayurvedic medicine, sesame oil is considered warm in nature. It is often used in massage and skin care treatments due to its warming effect on the body, which can help to balance Kapha energy. Other warm oils in Ayurveda include mustard oil, almond oil, and sunflower oil. It's important to note that the categorization of oils as warm or cool in Ayurveda is based on traditional belief and may not have a scientific basis.

Hebe Botanica Restorative Omega Body Oil contains sunflower seed oil as well as Rosehip seed oil which can warm up your body during a self-massage session. Your skin can also get the benefits of natural vitamin A in rosehip seed oil to brighten your skin tone. 


Following one or all of these tips can tremendously improve your overall health in the winter season. The key is to practice it consistently to maintain your body and skin at its best form. 


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