By Polly T contributing author,holistic health expert from Siberia
We live in a world that is full of pollutants, and a lifestyle that’s extremely stressful, erratic and unhealthy. While there is little you can do about how many hours you put in at work, you definitely can do something to prep-up your body for that grind. You can do that by simply strengthening your body by finding ways to boost your immune system naturally. However, you must do that before stress impairs your body’s natural defenses, making it vulnerable to diseases. As a matter of fact, most of us forget that with a strong immune system, our bodies can easily combat external factors such as stress, pollution, and pathogens. So, for overall good health, you must stick to the adage ‘Prevention is better than cure’.
Unless you find ways to boost your immune system, you could end up developing allergies and other chronic illnesses, which are only further aggravated by a faulty lifestyle. A viable solution for this everyday concern is by finding ways through which you can naturally strengthen your immune system. However, it is important to find ways to do this without the use of toxic medications that may cause other side effects. By doing so, you strengthen your body against external factors such as allergens, bacteria, viruses, and other harmful pathogens.
When it comes to exploring natural and herbal remedies, you simply cannot ignore the present-day phytotherapy and the age-old wisdom of Ayurveda, the ancient science of medicine. While Ayurveda finds a clear mention in medical treatises such as ‘Charaka Samhita’ and ‘Sushrutha Samhita’, which were written thousands of years ago, phytotherapy is slightly different. Phytotherapy is the modern-day study of herbs and natural compounds that have medicinal value — a fact which is confirmed through intensive research and studies. With that at the back of our minds, let us further discuss the various ways in which we can make use of elements of Ayurveda and phytotherapy to boost your immune system naturally.
5 Ways to Boost Your Immune System Naturally
Balance your diet
According to ancient medical texts, the source of all illnesses is an imbalance in one of the three elements of Ayurveda—Vata, pitta, and Kapha. In fact, Ayurveda goes a step further and classifies body types based on the dominant element in an individual body. So, depending on your body type you need to balance your diet in a manner that all the three elements of Ayurveda is in harmony with one another. To achieve that, you need to find out your body type and adapt your diet accordingly.
Make use of immune-boosting spices
Ayurveda makes use of several medicinal herbs and spices that can be easily incorporated in our everyday diet. A few to mention include turmeric, cumin, asafoetida, black pepper, ginger, cinnamon, and mint — all of which have immune-boosting properties. While turmeric and asafoetida can help balance Vata or the bodily wind, which is one of the core elements of Ayurveda, ginger and black pepper helps build resistance against infections and allergies. On the whole, these, directly and indirectly, contribute towards boosting the immune system.
Nourish your body with essential nutrients
For a healthy immune system, you need to supply your body with essential nutrients, and that too in the right proportion. You can determine your daily nutritional intake depending on your gender, age and lifestyle. For more clarity, it is recommended that you discuss this with your General Physician during your regular check-up. Your body needs the necessary nutrients to stay healthy and long-term nutritional imbalances can at times lead to serious discomforts. For example, an imbalance of vitamin D, the sunshine vitamin can easily lead to malabsorption of calcium and result in osteoporosis and fragile bones. So, make it a point to visit your General Physician regularly for a periodical check-up and find out if your body lacks any specific nutrients. If yes, then depending on the gravity of the deficiency and its impact on your body, you can choose to either get a prescription or nourish your body by incorporating certain food items in your regular diet and by altering your lifestyle.
Supplement your body with healthy juices and smoothies
Juices and smoothies can be a quick fix to combat fatigue and also to supplement your body with essential nutrients. However, before you get started, you must figure out what your body lacks and replenish it with those nutrients. Some juices that are known to boost the immune system include orange and grapefruit juice, tomato juice, or beet and carrot juice.
The best part about consuming juices is that you can add herbs, spices and even grounded seeds like flax seeds to it. There are a lot of natural supplements to boost your immune system. Most Experts recommend that you regularly add in some Ashwagandha and Shilajit into your juices for better results. Also adding turmeric, ginger and powdered pepper can be beneficial. However, stick to homemade juices and smoothies as these are free from preservatives and added sweeteners.
Make use of Ashwagandha to prevent immune break-down
Ashwagandha is a medicinal root which is highly regarded in Ayurveda for its revitalizing properties. It helps strengthen the body, while its adaptogen properties help combat stress and fatigue, which make your body vulnerable to infections and allergies. So, if you are going through a tough phase at work which involves hours of hard work with very little sleep then ashwagandha supplements can prove to be quite useful. That’s because sleep helps repair the body and if you aren’t getting enough of it, then your body needs something else to keep it going and this is where Ashwagandha comes in. Also, for those who go on strict weight-loss diets or strenuous workout routines, ashwagandha can do wonders and its effectiveness is backed by phytotherapy.
As mentioned above, your nutritional intake, diet, routine and lifestyle largely impact your immune system. If you start your day with a bowl of cereal and end it with something from the Chinese fast-food center, then you need to start cooking. Processed foods contain toxic preservatives and chemicals, while fast-food may not have all the nutrition that your body requires. So, by cultivating a healthy lifestyle and eliminating or at least minimizing the consumption of processed foods, caffeine, nicotine, alcohol and other toxic substances, you can minimize the deterioration caused to your immune system on a day to day basis. Once you do that, you can easily boost your immune system with some understanding of the elements of Ayurveda and phytotherapy.
Polly is a holistic health expert from Siberia. She love writing and wish she can make a living as an herbalist sometimes
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