Sour fruits stimulate salivaWhen you sip something sour, your mouth starts to water, easing the dryness of fall that causes your mouth to feel parched. Your body naturally craves things that are sour during the fall, like apples and cranberries which come into season during this time of year. Note: Cranberries are diuretic that can also dry you out.
Use caution with cold sours in the fall such as blueberries. Sour taste opens pores,causing loss of heat. Therefore, if you use sours to stimulate hydration, dress warmly to prevent heat loss through the skin. A lemon, cinnamon tea however, is warming for this time of year.
Experiment with a lime and salt digestive appetizer before meals to encourage your body to get the digestive juices flowing. This makes digestion more smooth and efficient, saving you from uncomfortable gas and bloating. Having a glass of warm water with lemon in the morning gives a similar effect. Note: Exercise caution with cold sours in the fall such as blueberries. Sour taste opens pores,causing loss of heat. Therefore, if you use sours to stimulate hydration, dress warmly to prevent heat loss through the skin. A lemon, cinnamon tea however, is warming for this time of year.
Salty Foods Can Help Retain WaterThe cold weather can make some individuals pee more. Staying warm, and an extra pinch of salt, can help retain moisture.
Oily & Demulcent Foods Coat Dry TissuesOatmeal, groundflax, and chia seeds have a demulcent, slimy quality that will coat dry tissues, and keep your mouth feeling moist.The slimy quality of these foods also nourishes the mucosal lining of your stomach, protecting it from dryness.
Oily Foods & Massage OilsOily foods can nourish & moisten dry skin from within. Choose foods with healthy fats such as salmon, olive oil, and sesame oil.
Hydrating TeasHerbal teas with the above qualities (sour, demulcent, salty, or oily) can also help your body stay hydrated. A few days a week, have licorice tea or marshmallow tea. Licorice and marshmallow have a demulcent, slimy quality that will make you feel more hydrated and nourished than plain water. They will leave your mouth feeling gently salivated and refreshed, and will keep your mind and body calm.
Read more about Remedies for Dry Mouth.
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DEMULCENTHerbs that coat or form a soothing film over a mucous membrane, relieving minor pain and inflammation of the membrane.
REBUILD-ELECTROLYTESSubstances that increase your electrolyte balance. Electrolytes help you retain water, keep your palate moist, and truly quench your thirst.
REBUILDS-FLUIDSHerbs or substances that create moisture in the body and increase fluids.
QUENCHES-THIRSTAn herb or substance that relieves thirst.
About the AuthorJohn Immel, the founder of Joyful Belly, teaches people how to have a healthy diet and lifestyle with Ayurveda. His approach to Ayurveda exudes a certain ease, which many find enjoyable and insightful. John also directs Joyful Belly's School of Ayurveda , which specializes in digestive tract pathology & Ayurvedic nutrition. John and his wife Natalie recently published Explore Your Hunger: A Guide to Hunger, Appetite & Food.
John's interest in Ayurveda and digestive tract pathology was inspired by a complex digestive disorder acquired from years of international travel, including his public service work in South Asia. John's commitment to the detailed study of digestive disorders reflects his zeal to get down to the roots of the problem. His hope and belief in the capacity of each & every client to improve their quality of life is nothing short of a personal passion. John's creativity in the kitchen and delight in cooking for others comes from his family oriented upbringing. In addition to his certification in Ayurveda, John holds a bachelor's degree in mathematics from Harvard University.
John enjoys sharing Ayurveda within the context of his Catholic roots, and finds Ayurveda gives him an opportunity to participate in the healing mission of the Church. Jesus expressed God's love by feeding and healing the sick. That kindness is the fundamental ministry of Ayurveda as well.