IMMUNITY BOOSTING POINTERS
Health and immunity go hand in hand. Ayurveda provides holistic ways of life which can improve the functioning of the body as a whole. As a result, the immune system is also boosted to protect the body from untoward illnesses. According to Ayurveda, proper diet can drastically improve immunity. For this reason, it is important to follow an ayurvedic diet, in addition to ayurvedic therapies and at home practices. This enables better immunity and thereby, better life. Below are a few ways which help bolster immunity.
EAT EASY-TO-DIGEST FOOD
Food which is easily digested leaves no ama or residual toxins in the body. This aids the liver and kidneys in the detoxifying process. The body feels lighter and more energetic. Since accumulation of ama in the body can also douse the agni or digestive fire, it is important to ensure that every meal is wholesome and healthy. Choose simple foods like fruit, vegetables, legumes and whole grains. Avoid canned or otherwise processed food. They contain harmful chemicals and in most cases, have lost all naturally occurring minerals. Try to eat fresh food daily to see a drastic difference in body function as well as immunity.
COOK WITH AYURVEDIC SPICES
When cooking food, it is important to use herbs and spices. Ayurveda has detailed the importance of various spices for good health. Using herbs such as holy basil, Coriander and spices such as turmeric, ginger, pepper, improves the flavour and taste of the food while providing great benefits to health. Depending on the body dosha, climate and ailments, specific spices can be used. Whether to improve digestion, bolster immunity, alleviate symptoms of illness, there is always an ayurvedic spice blend which can help. Consulting an ayurvedic doctor is the best way to implement an ayurvedic diet which utilizes the appropriate herbs and spices.
EAT THE RIGHT AMOUNT
This is very important to maintain good health. Most people overeat because they believe that they must stop eating only when they are extremely full. This is untrue. Ayurveda explains that one must eat just enough to fill the stomach, but not enough to douse agni. This ensures the gastrointestinal system functions without any issues. It also helps maintain gut health.
TAKE AYURVEDIC MEDICINES
Ayurvedic formulations such as Triphala, Chyawanprash, Ashwagandha capsules can all be consumed as required to improve immunity. However, when taking these ayurvedic medicines, it is important to consult an experienced ayurvedic doctor. When regularly taken in the right quantities, they help keep illness at bay.
A few other pointers to consider are below:
- Eat at the right times.
- Do not overcook food.
- Add a small amount of ghee to the diet.
- Choose antioxidant rich food.
- Drink warm water throughout the day.
- Avoid caffeine, tobacco and alcohol.