Ojas is a Sanskrit word meaning life , immunity, radiance, inner vitality, vigor, or life juice. It is the essential substance or essence of the body that protects and sustains us and determines our emotional, physical and mental health and happiness. When etiological factors come into contact with the body they try to produce disease. At the same time the body tries to resist the disease. This power of the body, which prevents the development of diseases or resists a developed disease, is called Immunity (Vyadhikshamatva) in Ayurveda.
Symptoms and Causes
Ayurveda holds that three factors of digestion: Agni, Ojas and Ama play a key role in preserving good health and immunity. When Agni gets weak, inadequately digested food particles accumulate and turn into what ayurveda calls Ama (internal toxins that cause different problems). One sign of Ama is when you are not hungry at mealtimes and you feel heavy and lethargic after the meal.
a) Avoid sugar in any form.
b) Limit alcohol and avoid processed foods, microwaved foods, canned foods, foods which contain preservatives, leftovers and fried foods.
c) Introduce immune-boosting spices into cooking, such as turmeric, black pepper, cumin and coriander. Eat immune-boosting foods such as apples, pomegranates, green leafy vegetables, asparagus and whole grains.
d) Sip hot water or fresh ginger tea throughout the day to boost the digestion.
e) Use clarified butter (ghee) for cooking.
f) Consume the biggest meal of the day around noon, eat lighter in the morning and in the evening.
g) Do not overeat.
h) Fast one day a week, if possible.
Ayurvedic herbs to boost immunity
Amla, Ashwagandha, Mulethi and Brahmi
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