Updated: Oct 19, 2022
A healthy lifestyle offers many benefits, including helping to prevent heart disease, type 2 diabetes, obesity, and other chronic diseases. Another important benefit is that healthy routines enhance your immunity.
The immune system is the body’s way of protecting itself from infection and disease; it fights everything from cold and flu viruses to serious conditions such as cancer.
Here are six ways to help keep your natural defence systems in good order:
Eat Lighter in Winter
Everyone is more susceptible to respiratory problems during the winter. Winter is called Kapha season in Ayurveda, when the wet, cool weather can lead to a build-up of Kapha dosha, creating more heavy, cool, and lethargic tendencies in the mind and body.
Follow the ayurvedic dietary and lifestyle guidelines for the Kapha season. This is the time to eat light (think hot, spicy soups and cooked greens), and exercise.
Eat Resistance -Boosting Foods
There are certain Ayurvedic foods that build Ojas, a quality associated with good health and a feeling of lightness and bliss in the body.
In general, resistance-boosting foods include those that are fresh, organic, easy to digest, pure, and wholesome. These include whole grains and fresh, organic vegetables and fruits. Light dairy products, such as ghee and lassi, a probiotic digestion-enhancing drink made with water and fresh yogurt, also enhance resistance.
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Avoid Resistance-Busting Foods
If you want to increase your resistance, stay away from hard-to-digest foods.
Commercially processed items, as well as canned, frozen, and packaged foods, are old and difficult to digest, so they weaken resistance. Leftovers, fast foods, foods grown with chemicals, and foods laced with preservatives tax the digestive system and clog the channels of circulation, creating a sluggish, compromised defence system.
Get Plenty of Rest
Lifestyle also impacts resistance. Staying up late, working at night, eating at irregular times, and sleeping during the day can all affect digestion and body rhythms – and thus compromise the defence system.
That’s why it’s important to follow the daily routine, rising early in the morning, (before 6 a.m. is ideal) and going to bed before 10:00 p.m., and practice Transcendental Meditation regularly of course.
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While Ashwagandha should be consumed regularly to charge the body's immunity naturally, the onset of a sudden cold infection should make you increase the dosage of ashwagandha up to three times a day, either in powder or tablet form. The herb's natural immuno-boosting properties can also help you deal with chronic stress and fatigue which can come with viral infections.
Make a turmeric paste.
Consuming a simple turmeric paste made out of turmeric powder and raw organic honey can fill you up with antioxidants and vitamins, which fight bad viral strains. You can also try adding other wonderful kitchen ingredients like ghee, black pepper, or mishri (rock sugar) to make the paste super potent and helpful.
Flu can be prevented effectively by taking care of our food, adopting a healthy lifestyle, and integrating herbal remedies into our daily life. These tips can also help fight regular flu and strengthen immunity, thus giving you a healthy and disease-free life. Learn to listen to your body’s needs. Your body is your best doctor