Health problems abound during seasonal transitioning. This is because the body functions differently in each season, and in the transition between the hot and cold seasons the digestive fire (agni), can start to fluctuate dramatically. Adjusting your diet and routine with the changing weather and following the ayurvedic guidelines prevents the build up of ama. If you continue with the same diet, your immune system becomes susceptible to allergies and respiratory illnesses.
10 Ayurveda Tips To Boost Immunity:
1. Regular intake of Ghee – Ghee is directly related to Ojas – source of immunity as per Ayurveda. Hence, Ayurveda recommends at least half a teaspoon of ghee (clarified butter) to be included in diet, everyday.
2. Physical activities – In whichever form – outdoor games, Yoga, stretch exercises, walking, cycling, swimming, jogging – at least for 10 minutes everyday is a must for everyone for good immunity. As per Ayurveda, exercise helps to improve digestion strength, blood circulation and keeps the mind active and alert. It also ensures better utilization of food nutrients inside the body, leading to good immunity.
3. Avoiding over nourishment and undernourishment – Eating optimum quantities of food, based on one’s hunger is very crucial for health and immunity as per Ayurveda. One should not eat in excess or less. One should take food sufficient to satiate hunger. This right amount of food, based on the seasons (eat locally grown seasonal foods), helps to build good amount of immunity.
4. Use of certain spices – At least half a teaspoon of any of the following – black pepper, basil, ginger, turmeric, cardamom, cinnamon – helps to keep stomach, intestines and liver active, leading to good immunity.
5. Sleep – Proper amount of sleep – 6 – 8 hours at night helps the body to rejuvenate and re-energise properly, leading to good mental and physical balance and immunity.
6. Meditation / Yoga / Pranayama – Mental calmness and concentration is very important to avoid stress. Stress is a major cause for depletion of immunity. Invest at least 10 minutes everyday in reading self help books, in Pranayama, and in meditation.
7. Having a good inter-personal relationship – It may sound weird. But how we interact with our colleagues, friends and family members affects over health. Health is not only constituted by physical and mental aspects. It is also constituted by spiritual and social aspects. So, make sure to hit the right balance and compassion with people around you. Avoiding excessive exercise, anger.
8. Getting up early in the morning – As per Ayurveda, between 4 – 6 am is called as Brahmi Muhurtam and is the right time to wake up and stimulate all the organs and systems so that they perform at optimum levels throughout the day.
9. Avoiding mindless indulgence with bad foods – Soda, aerated drinks, smoking etc.
10. Regular Oil massage – Helps the body and mind to relax and rejuvenate.