The Ayurvedic approach to strengthening the immune system is simple, intuitive, and reminds us of the power of our regulatory systems. Ayurveda aims to address the root cause of our imbalances, not simply suppress the symptoms.
Supporting Ojas and Our Life Force
In the Ayurvedic tradition, Ojas is an essence of kapha that gives the body strength, nourishment, protection, and regeneration. It is sometimes considered to be synonymous with immunity!
It is the essence of all bodily tissues and the product of healthy digestion. It also protects our prana (life force). Ojas can be affected by the state of our digestion and also by overall lifestyle choices and experiences. Healthy ojas foster bliss and happiness and are unbalanced by stress on our systems. It is extremely important to protect and support ojas during episodes of unusual stress, cold and flu season, or any big life transition.
Ojas, or a strong immune system, depend upon robust agni (digeston), a balanced diet, a routine lifestyle, and a balanced nervous system. This is exactly why basic-self care is crucial - learning how to cultivate ojas in daily rituals will help you support your immune system and gain control over your well-being.
Allow Your Body To Rest
Getting enough sleep is critically important to promoting immunity. Sleep eight hours each night and try to maintain a consistent sleep schedule. Support your sleep cycle with soothing and rejuvenating practices.
Having trouble sleeping? Try drinking a cup of hot milk with ashwagandha, cardamom, and nutmeg, massaging the bottom of your feet with warm oil, or listening to a guided meditation.
Begin A Daily Ritual
In Ayurveda, a consistent daily routine is critical to our well-being. A routine sets the tone for the rest of the day, relieves stress and anxiety, and gives the body and mind an opportunity to start fresh.
Creating stability with self-care behaviors keeps us in balance. Start by implementing Ayurvedic habits such as tongue-scraping, oil swishing, and daily self-massage (abhyanga).
Try to drink warm water throughout the day and create space for a yoga, pranayama, and meditation practice in your day.