Building immunity, the Ayurvedic way
Dr. Shweta U. Shah

Dr. Shweta U. Shah
11 June 2021

This article is authored by Dr. Shweta U. Shah. A practicing homeopath, she follows a patient-centred perspective, emphasizing the benefits of natural remedies and herbs, homeopathy and whole food nutrition.

Keeping your immune system robust and sturdy so it is able to shield your body against all illnesses at all times is of paramount importance. The best way to do that is by eating certain specific foods that reinforce and bolster your immunity. Ayurveda is a 5000-year-old healing discipline and a system of medicine that uses herbs, spices and roots with powerful medicinal value. It also aids in balancing your vata, pitta and kapha in the body, which enhances your wellbeing. 

The Ayurvedic concept of immunity

Ayurveda propounds these 5 principles that promise you a truly healthy immune system:

  • Ayurveda’s approach to illness prevention and wellness maintenance is strengthening the immune mechanism. Ayurveda describes certain very powerful tools to boost immunity that are perfect for all phases of life. Vyadhi-Kshamatvain Ayurveda stands for natural and acquired immunity, and illustrates the strong relationship between the immune system, the nervous system, and the gastro-intestinal or GI tract. Ayurveda makes you understand why a disturbance in the gut microbiome and emotional turbulence can set off abnormal immune reactions.
  • GI health is the cornerstone for a robust immunity. Ayurveda explains how a weak GI tract has a bearing on the immune response and teaches us how to improve the functioning of the GI system to build and strengthen our immunity. A healthy gut translates into strong immunity and lower susceptibility to infections – so pay close attention to your diet.
  • Eating a well-balanced rainbow diet is a key pillar to good health. Your food plays a pivotal role in reinforcing immunity. In addition to eating all the macro and micro nutrients in the right proportions, it is crucial to integrate immune-boosting foods and infection-battling spices into your everyday menu.
  • Yoga strengthens your body and mind through the practice of asana, pranayama, and meditation. When practiced dedicatedly and regularly, yoga promises to banish stress and appreciably improve the working of the immune system.
  • Ayurveda also emphasizes the need to have a healthy daily routine – this helps stabilize the immune system and equips us to deal better with stressors.

 

5 immunity boosting foods according to Ayurveda

Ayurvedic experts weigh in on which foods increase immunity and build resilience.

  • Jump-start your day with a basil-ginger decoction – this one is the perfect immunity booster in Ayurveda as it will fortify your immunity and cleanse the upper respiratory tract and the GI tract.
  • Make sure that you use turmeric and black pepper in your daily menu; they boost immunity and eliminate toxins. Both spices are commonly used in most of our recipes. Curcumin in turmeric and piperine in pepper boast of strong anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties; thus supporting your immune system, significantly. Tata Sampann spices are sourced from the best organic farms, and are processed and packaged in a scientific and hygienic manner, providing you with the very finest ingredients.
  • Cut back on consumption of processed foods and curtail intake of red meat.
  • Consume one ounce of gooseberry or amla juice every day. Amla is an Ayurvedic immunity booster and is packed with loads of vitamin C, vitamin A and a ton of free radical fighting anti-oxidants; the berries strengthen your immunity and calms the vata, pitta and kapha dosha in the body, they also enhance digestion and detox your system.
  • Staying well hydrated is another very vital aspect of building good immunity. Water keeps the mucous membranes moist, thus supporting their action as a barrier to infectious agents. Water also helps flush out all noxious wastes and toxins.

Spices and herbs have always played a critical part as immuno-boosters in the Ayurvedic system of medicine, bringing about wellness and cure for generations.

 

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