Fall is here, and it's time to adjust our diet accordingly.

The Autumn/Fall season is called the Sharad Ritu in traditional Vedic culture. Sharad Ritu is the season of serene equilibrium. The changing leaves and crisp air during this season are a signal to commence the journey towards rejuvenation and holistic wellness.

As the seasons change, so does the body balance of an individual. During Sharad Ritu, to maintain the core strength, it is important to pacify the Vata Dosha and address any Pitta Dosha imbalances. In Ayurveda, food is the source of achieving balance and harmony within the body and mind, in addition to providing nourishment and maintaining optimal health.

According to Ayurveda, the Ritucharya during this time seeks a person to avoid hot, sweet, oily, and astringent foods. It is best to adopt a Pitta-pacifying diet which includes foods that are sweet, bitter, light, and cold. These foods are easy to digest and have cooling properties, which can help to reduce the heat and inflammation associated with Pitta dosha. 

In Sharad Ritu, choose wheat, rice, and barley. Opt for white, short-duration rice for balance. Barley's sweetness and diuretic properties make it an excellent choice, especially during pitta aggravation and green gram is your ideal lentil.

Ayurveda inspires the individual to make the most of the season's bounty and to stay vibrant, inside and out. Following a well-designed regimen that suits the seasonal ups and downs will help build the health, strength, and immunity of a person and also avert about 85% of all diseases.  

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