The concept of immunity in Ayurveda is explained as Vyaadhikshamatva, understood as resistance to disease that arises out of robust health. Ayurveda believes that when nutrients are absorbed, they are converted into different tissues with the help of the metabolic fire. This remarkable process essentially supports the constant rejuvenation of our cells. The nectar of the whole metabolic process remains in the form of Ojas in our body. This ojas provides a protective shield against attacks from parasites, bacteria and viruses and any other foreign bodies. Apart from the physical protection, it also acts as a barrier to any mental or emotional trauma.
Symptoms and Causes
Constant and persistent respiratory infections are among the most common symptoms of a weak immune system. They manifest as a constant flu that in most cases is seasonal. The health of the immune system is greatly impacted by a person’s emotional state, level of stress, lifestyle, dietary habits and nutritional status. Nutrient deficiency is the most frequent cause of a depressed immune system.
a) Sleep is your access point to your immune reserves. Make sure you get 7-8 hours each night.
b) Improve your digestion by drinking copious amounts of warm ginger tea throughout the day, which kindles digestive agni and keeps you hydrated. An improved digestive system helps build the immune.
c) Heavy meals take longer to digest this diverts our healing energy in order to process them, foods like cheese, iced drinks, cold milk, yogurt, ice cream and anything fried. Stick with fresh organic fruits and well cooked vegetables.
d) Exercise is a proven immune system booster. Make a small workout part of your daily routine.
Herbs such as aamla, mulethi, ashwagandha, ginger, basil, harad, turmeric, brahmi and large cardamom are beneficial for your immune system.
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