As you navigate through daily life, your body constantly works to defend you from disease. By leading a healthy lifestyle and eating the right kind of food, you can do a lot to support your body’s efforts. Here are some Ayurvedic tips on how to boost your immune system naturally.
According to Ayurveda, strong immunity is a product of good digestion, strong agni (the metabolic fire), quality liver functioning, and a balanced endocrine system (which includes appropriately balanced hormones). Immunity is also very much connected to a mysterious substance called ojas. The Sanskrit word ojas literally means “vigor.”
Ojas is the positive subtle essence of kapha—that which gives the body strength, vigor, vitality, and immunity. It is the superfine essence of all of the bodily tissues and the end product of perfect digestion.
As such, it is a direct reflection of the quality of agni; strong agni yields healthy ojas, while impaired agni hinders the production and quality of ojas. But ojas is also affected by past trauma, lifestyle choices, stress levels, the quality of our relationships, and our overall state of consciousness. Ojas is naturally rich in soma (the subtlest form of matter), and it eventually becomes consciousness.
In fact, healthy ojas fosters a state of bliss. Ojas is protected when we are able to live in the present moment with pure, detached awareness.
On the other hand, it is diminished and dried up when we are overly effortful, stressed, contracted, or selfish. Ojas also protects prana, the vital life force that animates each of us.
1- SLEEP PROPERLY
During these hours, your body releases chemicals that play a role in repairing the body, re-energising it, and strengthening its ability to fight sickness. Sleep deprivation can lead to a dangerously weakened immune system.
- Sleep and wake up early.
- Maintain regular timings.
- According to Ayurveda, the best time to sleep is before 10 pm, since 6 pm to 10 pm is “Kapha” time and promotes sleep.
- Switch off electronic gadgets at least 1 hour before you go to bed.
- Eat a light meal for dinner.
2- EAT HEALTHY
Immunity Boosting Foods:
In general, stick to fresh fruits and vegetables, seeds, nuts, fresh veggan milk, and whole grains.
Dark leafy greens
Red bell peppers
Being active is crucial for immunity. Build a morning routine with some vigorous exercice like running, hatha yoga, martial arts, boosting pranayama (like Kapalabati), walk, take the stairs, garden, stay warm and build strenght in your own body.
4- FIGHT STRESS
Stress responses negatively affect brain function, sleep cycles, digestion, the cardiovascular system, and much more. Plenty of studies confirm that the lesser stressed you are, the lower are your chances of developing diseases.
So, do things that make you feel calm. Revisit an old hobby, or spend more time with family. It could be something as simple as singing, drawing, cooking, gardening. Meditation, is the best way in reducing the body’s stress responses.
Ayurveda teaches us that ojas and strong immunity are the natural outcomes of good health, which depends on robust agni, a healthy diet, a supportive lifestyle, and a balanced nervous system. This being the case, supporting the immune system is often more about basic self-care than anything else. Our bodies flourish with proper nutrition, and adequate sleep; they do even better when we commit to managing stress, cultivating healthy relationships, embracing joy and meaning, and living in alignment with our own authentic truth.