The immune system is our body’s natural defense system, which has always been considered important to stay healthy. But it has become even more crucial right now as this global pandemic of corona virus could allow anyone with a high amount of stress, anxiety & uncertainty to overwhelm.
During this precarious time, it is critical that we do everything possible to boost our immune system and ensure it is in the best possible shape to deal with any infections.
What is Immunity? Why is it important?
Ayurveda, the ancient science has advised how to live healthy and personalize your way of life. Your immune system is what protects you from things that are foreign to your body. To enhance immunity, one should need all the essential ability for an organism to resist a particular infection.
How to boost your immunity?
However, building a strong immunity overnight is not possible. Your body takes time to improve its immunity, the strength to safeguard you from diseases. So, adopting healthy habits and leading a healthy lifestyle could help make an impact in the future.
Healthy Eating Habits
Diet with poor nutrition can have a negative effect on the immune system. Having a balanced diet will help you overcome this problem.
Eating fresh fruits like oranges, amla, mangoes, strawberries, or lemon and fresh vegetables which are cooked like cauliflower, carrot, cabbage, or sweet potato are rich in vitamin C & E can help increase your immunity.
Drinking boiled water with dried ginger, cardamom seeds or cumin seeds can also help boost your immunity.
Herbs like turmeric, tulsi leaves, ginger, black pepper, fenugreek, cumin seeds boiled with water and brown jaggery can also help combat infections like the common cold.
Healthy Sleeping Habits
According to Ayurveda, our health and happiness depend on how much sleep we get. It is necessary that you get the recommended 7-8 hours of sleep, especially during these times. Else you will likely be more prone to infection.
Try to avoid looking at electronic gadgets.
Washing your face and feet before going to bed helps relax the mind.
Eating 2-3 hours before you go to sleep improves digestive health. Sleeping late at night can disturb your biological clock and metabolism causing stress, which in turn has a negative effect on your immunity.
Healthy Mental Habits
One’s state of mind affects one’s state of health. Having a good mental health will help you achieve a healthy immune system.
Breathe, relax and meditate: Meditation is about letting the mind be as it is and knowing what ‘s happening around and inside you. Meditation is the most effective way to become more mindful.
Exercise for a healthy immune: Exercise is important to prioritize for good health, not only is it a good stress reliever and mood booster, but it can help your body fight off illness and recover faster.
Yoga for a stress-free mind: Stress weakens the immune system and makes one vulnerable to sickness. Practicing yoga helps de-stress the mind and fight infections by boosting our immune system. Knowing its importance, the UN had announced June 21st of every year as International Yoga day to signify the importance of practicing it to lead a healthy life.
Be cautious about your health. Make healthy changes in your lifestyle and eating habits. And lastly, don’t fear. Fearing about the situation makes your immune system even worse. Prepare your mind and body to keep your immune system in fighting shape. Be always healthy and happy!