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Posted by: marjorie, Friday, February 8, 2013, 3:53pm
Does anyone know if a warm or cold climate is the healthier?

Also, does bloodtype have any relationship with specific environments that fit well with your  type?

Posted by: ABJoe, Friday, February 8, 2013, 5:27pm; Reply: 1
Quoted from marjorie
Does anyone know if a warm or cold climate is the healthier?

There are healthy and unhealthy people in every climate, so I doubt that it matters, unless you specifically have some issue with that requires a different climate.

Frankly, I have lived in a colder climate, desert and now more of a sub-tropical one.  My health (or lack thereof) has been much more associated to what I was eating than any climatic influences.
Posted by: Chloe, Friday, February 8, 2013, 6:13pm; Reply: 2
I personally think it's the ability to adapt to climate changes, whether it be seasonal or randomly
that influences how healthy a person can be...Some people need more vitamin D in winter if they live in
climates that don't allow them to be outdoors in sunshine....And then I think cold weather and the
influence of home heating systems instead of getting fresh air creates health obstacles for many people.

I don't think my immune system is negatively impacted by the 4 different seasons I generally have to adapt to...I was born in the state where I currently live and so, I suppose, there is much weather
changes all year long that I've had to constantly  keep adapting to.

In agreement with Joe....I think the right diet in any climate would be fine.  And perhaps adjusting
diet a bit, eating more cooling and raw foods in warmer weather to more cooked and warmer foods in cooler weather is the way to insure harmony. The Asians always speak about warming and cooling foods...warming and cooling herbs plus adapting properties of foods to a person's constitution.

I generally don't like hot weather or dampness...That must be the constitution I was born with..It seems I've always liked drier and cooler...and naturally gravitated to foods that can help create balance.

Learn to listen to your body....what foods are most appealing....I mean really get a sense
of what feels balancing.  Truth is that ice cream stores don't have lines outside them in the middle
of the winter in the northern part of the country.  I think that makes my point!
Posted by: Lin, Friday, February 8, 2013, 8:07pm; Reply: 3
I  feel healthier in the warmer months, but that is perhaps because I like to feel warm and tend to feel the cold easily.
Worse for me, and perhaps many people is the damp weather, especially the cold damp, it gets to my lungs.  The acupuncturist I go to actually said people with my constitution do better in dryer weather, the damp can feed yeast issues.  
Posted by: Lola, Saturday, February 9, 2013, 12:25am; Reply: 4
sun light brings forth many benefits.......important is what is right for you :)
Posted by: cajun, Saturday, February 9, 2013, 12:45am; Reply: 5
I think I have craved sunshine since I was a child.
Whenever my friends would say they loved rainy days I thought they were crazy! :P
I love to travel and visit different climates but could not live in a humid environment...ever! I cannot breathe!
I believe I live where I am supposed to .....3500 feet above sea level in an arid desert with about 357 days of sunshine a year! ;) The dry heat bakes my bones and I love it! 8)
Posted by: san j, Saturday, February 9, 2013, 6:41am; Reply: 6
http://www.mindbodygreen.com/0-1117/Ayurveda-Dosha-Types-for-Beginners.html

Here's an example from google of a description of each of the three main doshas in the Ayurvedic system. Generally speaking:
Vata is uncomfortable in cold weather - really prefers to live in a tropical climate year-round.
Pitta is uncomfortable in heat, does best with breezes and a nip in the air.
Kapha doesn't like it too damp, does best in dry climes.
Posted by: Averno, Saturday, February 9, 2013, 12:38pm; Reply: 7


"Pitta is uncomfortable in heat, does best with breezes and a nip in the air."

That's me. A sunny but cool autumn day, leaves rustling... heaven on earth.  (sunny)
Posted by: Chloe, Saturday, February 9, 2013, 3:39pm; Reply: 8
Quoted from Averno


"Pitta is uncomfortable in heat, does best with breezes and a nip in the air."

That's me. A sunny but cool autumn day, leaves rustling... heaven on earth.  (sunny)


Here's my perfect day...72-74 degrees, a little air moving, but not something I'd call windy...
sunshine and fairly low humidity.  If the temperature reaches 85 I'm starting to feel irritable.  If it's combined with high humidity, I am beyond my capacity to stay outdoors.  I must be a pitta/kapha....
which I don't think is typical of a Teacher.
Posted by: san j, Saturday, February 9, 2013, 3:43pm; Reply: 9
72-74 is already getting too warm for many San Franciscans. 75 marks the point where you start to see the blackout shutters/curtains covering south-facing windows.
Temperature here is, the majority of the time, 55-70.
There is no precipitation between late April and late October, generally.

I've heard some Vatas complain it's too cold here, but everyone else seems to consider San Francisco's the world's best climate. :)
Posted by: Chloe, Saturday, February 9, 2013, 3:51pm; Reply: 10
Take the dosha test

http://www.holisticonline.com/ayurveda/w_ayurveda-dtest1.htm
Posted by: rosa, Saturday, February 9, 2013, 7:04pm; Reply: 11
I´m Kapha and have always loathed the cold dampness of Irish weather...and typical of my dosha I love a dry warm climate or even dry cold. I definitely feel happier and healthier in sunny weather...but need to go to the Mediterranean for that :-/
Posted by: Serenity, Saturday, February 9, 2013, 9:53pm; Reply: 12
I love a cool bright day with a slight nip in the air.  I grew up in tropical North Queensland where everyday is hot and humid, I felt terrible, dehydrated & sweaty ewww.  I live in a southern state now where there is little humidity & most days are bright and cool  ;D  I have never seen snow but I would love to!
I am a Vata-Pitta.
Posted by: cajun, Sunday, February 10, 2013, 2:04am; Reply: 13
Chloe,
I took that test and scored as Pitta/Vata. Don't get it...I love hot and dry climate.
Posted by: Mrs T O+, Sunday, February 10, 2013, 3:01am; Reply: 14
I would guess some change of seasons is healthy for most of us. I prefer more hot & dry with a taste of winter for a little variety, but wouldn't miss it.  I think if a person is weak or sickly, a long winter would make him worse. Chicago is too cold for me. I love the heat & need the vitamin D.  
I would think that a dose of really hot weather for most of us is good. Heating the body is supposed to fight cancer. Then the really cold weather kills certain germs & vermin in the area.
As much as I complain about our weather, I like it that there are few termites! Even the threat of mosquitoes last year wasn't noticed by me.
It is more expensive to live in a cold climate as you need various clothes & you have to heat the house. The weather extremes wear out houses & cars, etc. I wish I could throw on a sun dress & go outside in flip flops! Or maybe shorts & a tank top would be fun, not all this layering & discomfort!
Posted by: D.L., Sunday, February 10, 2013, 3:37am; Reply: 15
I nearly freeze in cold weather, even here in central MS. I grew up in FL, where it was hot and humid, but summers here in MS are way too hot and humid. It can take your breath away. I get nauseated when I get too hot. I nearly had a heat stroke one summer traveling through TX with no air conditioner. I like warm or cool, but not hot nor cold. I don't mind the rain unless it is cold weather.
Posted by: san j, Sunday, February 10, 2013, 4:38am; Reply: 16
Quoted from D.L.
I nearly freeze in cold weather, even here in central MS. I grew up in FL, where it was hot and humid, but summers here in MS are way too hot and humid. It can take your breath away. I get nauseated when I get too hot. I nearly had a heat stroke one summer traveling through TX with no air conditioner. I like warm or cool, but not hot nor cold. I don't mind the rain unless it is cold weather.

You'd love it here.

Posted by: shoulderblade, Sunday, February 10, 2013, 3:55pm; Reply: 17
Quoted from Chloe


I generally don't like hot weather or dampness...That must be the constitution I was born with..It seems I've always liked drier and cooler...and naturally gravitated to foods that can help create balance.


I think that may be, in part, to living in a 4 seasons climate. Because the body has to adapt to a range of temperatures and conditions it would be the extremes that would present the greatest challenge. The cold side can be covered by dressing properly but there is really no defence that works as well on the hot, humid side.

Possibly what I teally mean is that I am like that as well. :)
Posted by: ruthiegirl, Sunday, February 10, 2013, 4:13pm; Reply: 18
I don't mind the cold so much. I'm more sensitive to cold than I used to be when I was younger, but I'm still able to put on a few more layers and feel perfectly fine in cold weather. But the heat- ugh! If it's too hot, I just feel sick and dizzy and there's nothing I can do about it. I used to believe people when they told me "it's not the heat- it's the humidity." Summer is very humid on Long Island. But then I went to Israel for a few weeks in the summer in 1988- nope, it's not the humidity- it really is the heat! I fared even worse in the hot,dry Israeli climate than I did in the hot, humid LI climate, though there were other factors involved that summer (namely lack of sleep/too little "down time" on the particular "teen tour" I was a member of.)

It all makes sense, when you consider that my ancestors all came from Eastern Europe, where it gets very cold in the winter and not quite so hot in the summertime.
Posted by: balletomane, Sunday, February 10, 2013, 4:47pm; Reply: 19
Oh I can't stand cold, even though I tried--four years in Wisconsin, four years in New York and five years in Sweden! No. I had to return to my hometown Hong Kong to defrost, LOL!!!  ;D I got sick often in cold weather. But here, the exposure to sunshine makes me much healthier. The humidity is a killer but I can still stand it much better than the chill.
Posted by: Chloe, Sunday, February 10, 2013, 9:20pm; Reply: 20
Quoted from cajun
Chloe,
I took that test and scored as Pitta/Vata. Don't get it...I love hot and dry climate.


How you scored has more to do with the natural make up of your body...and the elements
that keep you in balance.  We are all comprised of five fundamental elements.  Space, air, fire, water and earth.

Read more here:

http://nourishedmagazine.com.au/blog/articles/knowing-your-mind-body-make-up-the-doshas-vata-pitta-kapha-explained

Posted by: cajun, Monday, February 11, 2013, 1:24am; Reply: 21
Thanks, Chloe. That helped, but...
Pitta has me wrong with hair/ mine is dark
             wrong with skin/ mine is not sensitive and I don't burn
             wrong as agressiveness/ I am not competitive

The rest of the items were close enough.

I do have 4 items belonging to Kapha...which was my lowest score. ??)
Large eyes and oily skin
excessive mucous
sweet and supportive ;D
my occupation was a Braille teacher
Posted by: TJ, Monday, February 11, 2013, 4:59am; Reply: 22
I'm very strongly Vata, but prefer dry over damp climates. My skin isn't particularly dry, but not oily either (Pitta-ish). The winter in Utah is brutal to me, but the rest of the year is worth it! The description of the typical Nomad sounds very like Pitta.

The biotypes may also be of interest. http://www.biotype.net/types/index.htm
Posted by: san j, Monday, February 11, 2013, 5:04am; Reply: 23
Quoted from TJ
The description of the typical Nomad sounds very like Pitta.

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I don't agree.
But maybe you can show me where Dr. D'Adamo refers to Nomads doing better in cold climates? I grant you, they have been found in Siberian and Lapp climes, for instance.

Certainly when it comes to food and temperament, there are huge - almost polar - differences --- but that's another subject, unrelated to cold and warm climates, the subject of this thread.
Posted by: TJ, Monday, February 11, 2013, 5:16am; Reply: 24
Quoted from san j
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I don't agree.
But maybe you can show me where Dr. D'Adamo refers to Nomads doing better in cold climates? I grant you, they have been found in Siberian and Lapp climes, for instance.

Certainly when it comes to food and temperament, there are huge - almost polar - differences --- but that's another subject, unrelated to cold and warm climates, the subject of this thread.
From http://www.mindbodygreen.com/0-1117/Ayurveda-Dosha-Types-for-Beginners.html, Pittas are mesomorphs, fair skin/freckles (often goes with red hair), and a preference for cooler climates certainly points to the mountains.

Of course it doesn't all line up; they are two different system. But you are free to disagree as much as you like. :)
Posted by: TJ, Monday, February 11, 2013, 6:34am; Reply: 25
Here are some ideas more in line with the original topic. Where we feel the most comfortable is probably what's best for us individually. Perhaps colder climates are better for endomorphs/thrifty types because it requires the metabolicsm to speed up to keep you warm. Maybe warmer climates are better for ectos because we're burning up too much energy already. I like warm because I'm very ecto, and I like dry because I have mold sensitivities. If I didn't, I'd probably like a more humid climate.
Posted by: Amazone I., Monday, February 11, 2013, 3:35pm; Reply: 26
I am also a pita-type but I need warm climate  and the hotter the better ..... ;D
Posted by: cajun, Tuesday, February 12, 2013, 4:28am; Reply: 27
Me too, Amazone...but you have red hair, yes?
I have dark hair and olive skin...not Pitta like. ??) Maybe I need to re-take the test! ;D
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