Ayurveda for Boosting Your Immune System

There are many wonderful practices you can do to boost immunity—techniques that are simple and safe. Here are a few, drawn from the science of Ayurveda.

Gargling

Try gargling with warm salt water twice a day. Gargling cleans out bacteria and germs that linger in the nasal passages and throat for 24 to 48 hours before getting into the bloodstream and weakening immunity. Using a neti pot is also a nice option for clearing the sinuses; use it each morning, followed by a few drops of nasya oil.

Mindful Eating

Mindful eating is so important for healthy digestion and strong immunity. To receive the nourishment in your food, you need to chew thoroughly. Slow down and enjoy each meal in a peaceful environment. Try at least one relaxing—and if possible, silent—meal a day, and no eating within two hours of bedtime to ensure proper digestion and a good night’s sleep.

Drinking Luke Warm Water :

Sip hot water throughout the day. This soothes, hydrates, decongests, and helps cleanse the body. Carry a thermos of hot water with you and regularly take sips. In general, drink warm over cold beverages. Anything iced is difficult to digest when immune function is low.

Meditation

Daily meditation (Prayayam) reduces stress, settles the nerves, and calms the mind. Silence miraculously boosts our buffer against germs. Whether you prefer sitting or walking meditation, opt for at least 10 minutes per day. Practicing yoga nidra or Savasana for 20 minutes a day, two to three times a week, will further soothe the nervous and endocrine systems.

Common Ayurvedic herbs to boost your immunity

The intensity at which the number of coronavirus cases are growing worldwide, it has become necessary to take precautionary measures to reduce the risk of infection. This is why we need a healthy and strong immune system. Our immune system is the first line of defence, which plays a vital role in keeping the disease-causing pathogens away from us, thereby reducing the chances of getting sick. There are different ways of boosting your immune health and one of the major ones is Ayurveda. Several herbs have been used for ages to prepare Ayurvedic medicine which can help to boost your immune health. In this video, Ayurvedic coach, Dimple Jangda discusses some Ayurvedic herbs that are good for your immune health. She shares, “As the virus affects our throat and chest, we must boost our bronchial health or the Kapha dosh to reduce the risk of infection.” Here are some herbs that you can try to boost your immunity.

  1. Amla or gooseberry : Benefits: Amla or Indian gooseberry is loaded with the benefits of Vitamin C, beta-carotene and is a rich source of antioxidants, which helps to boost the immunity. 1 amla is equal to 20 citric fruit.
  2. Ginger : Benefits: Ginger has anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. The herb stimulates your metabolism and helps to boost your immunity.
  3. Giloy or Brahmi
  4. Tulsi
  5. Haldi
  6. Ashwagandha
  7. Aloevera ……

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