9 Ayurvedic Tips To Increase Your Immunity And Stay Healthy At Home
No one would have ever imagined that an invisible virus could have managed to put the entire world under a global lockdown. And now, this is the reality of the Covid19 pandemic we’re facing. On one end of the scale, a huge part of the population is flooded with fear, stress and anxiety due to the economic crisis and the potential loss of jobs. On the positive side, staying at home during the coronavirus outbreak has helped us slow down and pay more attention to our meals, exercise and sleep cycle. Sadly, these basic pillars of a healthy life are the ones that we have neglected the most. So in a way, the lockdown has been a blessing in disguise where we can choose this time to focus on our health.
Let’s take a look at these 9 Ayurvedic tips that will help relieve stress, improve your mental and emotional strength, enhance your physical well-being, boost your respiratory system, and increase your immunity to fight off any viral infections.
Take 5 spoons of Panchamruta early every morning on an empty stomach. The word ‘Panchamruta’ comes from two words – ‘pancha’, meaning ‘five’ and ‘amrut’, meaning ‘elixir’. It is a mixture of five ingredients – cow’s milk, curd, honey, jaggery, and pure ghee. Daily consumption of Panchamruta nourishes the reproductive tissues, bone marrow and nervous tissues, bone and teeth, fatty tissues, muscles, blood cells, and plasma. These seven bodily tissues are responsible for our overall health, well-being and immunity.
2: HERBAL TEAS
With your doctor’s advice, prepare a herbal decoction based on your prakruti. You can use immunity-boosting and healing spices and herbs like turmeric, liquorice, guduchi, ananta, dashamula, triphala, vasa, tulasi, bramhi, ginger, cardamom, cinnamon, etc.
3: TURMERIC MILK
The age-old miraculous remedy of haldi doodh is known for its healing and medicinal properties. Turmeric aids in purifying the blood, eliminating toxins from the digestive tract and improving your immune system. Mix half a teaspoon of turmeric powder in 150 ml of hot milk and drink this golden milk once or twice a day.
4: JEERA BUTTERMILK
Buttermilk with jeera makes for a cooling, light and healthy drink. It is excellent for digestion, helps in weight loss, cleanses your body and improves skin health. Vitamin B2 (Riboflavin) present in buttermilk supports your liver functions. A healthy liver aids in the elimination of toxins and is one of your first lines of defence if a harmful virus or bacteria enters your body.
5: BALANCED DIET
It’s important to have meals at the right times and chew your food slowly to regulate your digestion and metabolism. Include a healthy, wholesome balanced diet of fruits and vegetables, whole grains, beans, pulses and legumes, nuts and seeds, dairy, lean meat and seafood in your diet. Steer clear of oily, fried, overly spicy, processed, and refined junk food.
6: EXERCISE & YOGA
The human body is meant for movement. During this lockdown, you can create workouts and exercise together with your family. Practise yogasana, pranayama and meditation to keep yourself mentally, emotionally and physically fit.
7: MUSIC THERAPY
Music has been a part of the Indian culture and Ayurveda since time immemorial. And it’s no secret that music influences our emotions and moods. When music is applied as a therapy, the healing vibrations stimulate the pituitary gland, whose secretions play a role in the working of the nervous system and the flow of blood. Listening to the right kind of music can help us relax and become refreshed, improve sleep quality, lower blood pressure, ease physical pains and mental worries, and restore healthy organ functioning.
8: LESS SCREEN TIME
Being constantly bombarded with news and disconcerting information on the coronavirus pandemic can take its toll on you mentally and emotionally. Scrolling on your mobile screen and binge-watching all day is also not great for your health. IR radiation and blue light emitted from these devices can increase digital eye strain, age your skin, and play havoc with your sleep cycles. Try to limit your exposure to screen time from your TV, phones, laptops or desktops, and find healthier ways to spend your day at home. Follow the no-gadgets rule, especially before bedtime.
Keep your electronic devices away, and focus on doing the activities you never had time for and which bring you immense joy. It could be painting, sketching, colouring, dancing, singing, playing an instrument, reading, gardening or anything else. The lockdown is a great time to do what you love and enjoy the therapeutic effects of indulging in your favourite pastimes.
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Which brand of herbal tea is the best for building immunity?Reply
Herbal tea is a beverage made from the infusion or decoction of herbs, spices, or other plant materials in hot water, similar to “kadha or herbal decoction”. Herbal tea is non-caffeinated and is distinguished from caffeinated beverages like coffee, teas, or cold drinks, in which the caffeine has been removed. In addition to serving as a beverage, many Herbal teas are also consumed due to a perceived medicinal benefit. Herbal teas are mostly consumed warm or hot to help gain their medicinal potency. Commonly used herbs in making a immune-booster herbal tea is Tulsi (holy basil), ginger (fresh), sunthi (dry ginger powder), lemon grass, green cardamom, cinnamon, cloves, hibiscus flower, chamomile, mint are some of the herbs & spices that are naturally grown and can be used to make your own preferred flavour Herbal teas at home. Since they are natural and they hold the distinct property and potency to help your immune system. One should select and consume herbal tea as per your prakruti, season and health issues if any with Vaidyas or Nutritionist advice. But as you very well know each herb and spice comes with its own “distinct properties”, which may have good benefits when consumed at the right time in the right proportion. For eg. For pacifying the Vata dosha: Herbs like Ginger, cinnamon, green cardamom, nutmeg, fennel seeds, based warming Herbal tea consumed made with the just appropriate composition with water and boiled in the most appropriate manner and consumed at early mornings (6.30 to 7.00am) or at (4.00pm to 5.00pm) will help in relief from constipation, anxiety, restlessness, insomnia & tiredness. For calming the Pitta Dosha: Herbs like chamomile flowers, rose petals, mint, green cardamom, cumin seeds, fennel seeds, based cooling Herbal tea if consumed early in the morning (7.00 to 7.30am) or in the evenings after a light dinner (8.00 to 8.30pm) help to balance the excess pitta promote healing from related health conditions like joint pain, skin rash, hyperacidity, loose stools, excess hunger. For balancing the Kapha Dosha: Herbs like ginger, cloves, cinnamon, cardamom, turmeric, fennel, black pepper, saffron, tulsi, star anise, licorice based Herbal tea if consumed in early morning along with breakfast (7.30 to 8.00am) and in late evenings (8.00 to 8.30pm) help to benefit in taking care of fatigue, weight gain issues, allergies. Nevertheless in case you are not a diabetic or prone to diabetes you may add a dash of honey to your tea and enjoy sip-by-sip.
In what proportion should Panchamruta be taken? How does it help immunity?Reply
Panchamruta contains cow's milk, pure cows ghee, curd, honey and sugar. It is a complete combination of satvik food. It should be consumed daily. The quantity should be half bowl. Consume it early in the morning, empty stomach. Milk and ghee has satvik properties, honey spreads upto deep tissue levels and curd enhances gut activity and sugar nourishes rasa dhatu. All this action together nourishes our body tissues, improves metabolism and offers strong immunity , health and intellect.
Where can I get music therapy?Reply
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