Support Immunity with Ayurveda
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 overs 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.
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Let’s be honest, we all experience stress and it sucks. Along with throwing our emotional state out of balance, stress also negatively affects our digestive, cardiovascular, musculoskeletal, nervous, reproductive, and immune systems.
Stress wears us down and it is easy to be overlooked as it becomes more and more normalized in our society. However, due to its negative impact on our mind and body, making small and supportive lifestyle choices is crucial in protecting our well-being and supporting healthy functioning.
If you know that you’re stressed (even occasionally), there is a good chance that making some supportive adjustments could benefit you immensely. Follow Ayurvedic guidelines for your dosha to stay balanced and reduce stress.
The Power of Plants
Live your life with confidence that you are protected against illness by incorporating immunity-supporting Ayurvedic herbs into your routine.
Turmeric is awesome in supporting immunity and fighting the growth of viruses. It purifies our blood, strengthens digestion, and eliminates natural toxins. It also helps the body naturally cleanse the respiratory tract, helping in the fight against infection. Its anti-inflammatory powers also relieve symptoms of cold or flu, by reducing congestion and pain in the respiratory tract.
Ginger stimulates and supports our immune system, strengthens digestion, cleanses blood and lymph, and encourages healthy circulation. It also blocks the growth of respiratory pathogens and decreases symptoms of allergies.
Chyawanprash is an Ayurvedic health supplement that supports vitality, protects the respiratory system, and supports immunity. It is made from multiple medicinal herbs and their extracts, including the main ingredient Amla (Indian gooseberry), which is the world’s best source of Vitamin C. Vitamin C is extremely important in restoring the body’s energy and works wonders for supporting immune functioning.
Enhancing the body’s immune system plays a key role in maintaining optimum health. Prevention is better than cure, and as COVID-19 does not have a vaccine yet, our only option is to take preventative measures to boost immunity. Along with these measures and CDC guidelines, it is important to stay positive and grounded.