In the wake of the COVID-19 scenario, everyone is doing the best they can to boost their immunity. New studies are being published every day to help people build their immunity in one way or another. The problem with the new findings is, that we don’t know how effective they will be. But, this is not the case for an ancient study like Ayurveda. For years people have used basic Ayurvedic ways to build immunity for their fight against diseases. It is time for you to make the most out of our heritage. So, here are 10 Ayurvedic ways you can use to boost your immunity.
- Practice Yoga Asana, Pranayam, or Meditation for at least 30 minutes a day to stay active and build antibodies.
- Avoid cold water and drink enough warm water throughout the day. It detoxifies the body and staying hydrated keeps the throat and mucous membrane moist, barring microbes.
- Use garlic, cumin, and turmeric in your food preparations as they have a high oxygen radical absorbance capacity that reduces cell damage.
- Incorporate herbal tea and decoction (kadha) into your daily diet plan as it cleans respiratory tracts.
- Take 15 ml of Amla juice for your daily dose of iron, calcium, phosphorus, and vitamin C.
- Take Chawanprash to supply extra antioxidants to strengthen the immunity.
- Take tulsi (holy basil) every morning to strengthen upper respiratory tracts.
We are not the only ones obsessed with Ayurveda. The Health Ministry of India has also given a green flag to the above measures. The Ministry has also suggested certain Ayurvedic ways to cure common communicable diseases. Some of these remedies are:
- Steam inhalation with mint or caraway seeds for sore throat.
- Laung powder along with honey should be taken for dry cough.
- Apply sesame/coconut oil in your nostrils to avoid cold.
Other than a list of things you must do to build your immunity, Ayurveda also suggests several things you must not do. Here are some of the things you should avoid according to Ayurveda, to boost your immunity.
- Avoiding excessive alcohol intake, as a regular intake can weaken the immune system.
- High stress should be avoided as it increases the cortisol level. High cortisol levels reduce the nourishment of the immune system.
- Unbalanced diets that lack nutrients can lead to nutrient deficiencies which weaken the immune system.
- Lack of physical activity may result in a slow metabolism and hormonal disruptions.
- Sleep deprivation can affect various organs of the body, thereby, negatively affecting the overall strength of the immune system.
Ayurveda has the potential to save our lives, but it can only do its magic if we sincerely follow it. So, follow these basic tips and build your immunity to fight any infections that come your way!