03 Nov Power up Immunity with Ayurveda (रोग प्रतिकारशक्ती)
In Ayurveda, being healthy is beyond medicines. If you look right, it isn’t necessary that you ARE all right. Looks are the last thing Ayurveda concerns itself with even though it does concern itself with looks. If you look good, fresh, healthy and positively glowing, there is every chance that you are just that HEALTHY.
Hi, this is your favourite Ayurveda help Dr Madhura Bhide and continuing the trend of telling you about different aspects of Ayurveda, I tell you more about cranking up your immunity to take care of all the seasons now and henceforth!
Our world as you know is made of 5 elements, Ether Akasha, Air Vayu, Fire Tejas/ Agni, Water Jal/ Apas, Earth Prithivi and our bodies, 7 elements, plasma rasa, blood rakta, muscle mamsa, fat madas, bone asthi, marrow / nerve majja, and reproductive tissue shukra. Between these what puts them together as also causes variation are the “Doshas” Vata, Pitta, and Kapha
Variations, sicknesses and being unwell find their way into these elements by human intervention (or the lack of it!). It is when we stop caring about our surroundings and their effect on us that we fall sick and need assistance. Our immunity system which wards off most problems has to be taken care of like the defence system of a country which keeps the bad out.
In doing so, we need to do the following:
- Do Pranayama
Its practice change the path of the breath and helps redirect pranic throughout the body. Pranayama helps calm the body and strengthen the entire body from head to toe besides helping release negative when we breathe out. It has a posture to be followed so that the breath goes to the right places in the right quantities. Where possible, it should be done early in the morning.
- Regularly physical activity called vyayam
Modern system of exercising has yet not caught onto the fact that our body types differ. But our ancients knew of it and called it “Dosha”, the equivalent English word being “Humor” according to which some of us need severe physical exercise while other need it to be light. Some could do with a walk while others need to run, jump, bend and all that. But exercise you need to do as in the words of Charaka it helps one get “lightness, a capacity for work, firmness, tolerance of difficulties, elimination of impurities, and stimulation of digestion.”
- Eating the Right Foods
Be aware of your dosha type, your present physical condition and the surrounding environment and plan your meals accordingly. In not doing so, we stand to lose with a heavily weakened immune system which cannot stand the rigours of most diseases. Also needed is to be able to direct these immune systems to where it is most required and fight constant enemines like Cancer, Diabetes etc
- Keeping the digestive fires continuously lit
Digestion is about a fire within which breaks down everything we consume, extracts all the nutrients, assimilates it with our body in required quantities at all the right places. Imbalances in our doshas are the primary reason for lack of digestion of the best of foods and directly affects our immune system as the right nutrients in the right quantities are not supplied to the body. Also, if the digestive fires aren’t working full blast, the body starts to accumulate toxins which vitiates the atmosphere in which the body and all its cells can function at optimum efficiency. Ama or toxins in large quantities are like roadblocks which does not let the cells do their work fast and efficiently. It is thus important to keep the digestive fires burning bright at all times!
- Detoxify the body
As mentioned above, when the digestive systems and immune systems work at its optimum, their natural bye-product is Ama ie toxicity. If left in the body, it reduces the working of each cell drastically and can cause all manner of problems including the onset of cancer. What is needed is to detoxify the body using mediums like full-body massages with medicated herbs and oils followed by a round of soothing hot water bath. Doing so removes all the toxins which are waiting just under the skin. What we eat too matters. Foods with fibres like leafy vegetables and coarse grains helps remove toxins with the stools. Removing toxins helps build immunity to all manner of problems because Ama ie toxins are the root cause of most immunity-related problems. Their mere presence negatively affects the body.
- Eating right at the right time
Immunity is at its optimum when the body is full with nutrients. And the body is full with nutrients when we eat right at the right time. As per season, one’s doshas and constitution and with the advice of an ayurvedic practitioner, one can formulate an entire system of food intake such that it boost the feeling of fullness and at the same, give the body the right nutrients to function well and stay immune.
Eating at the right time is important. Never let the body starve as a starving body invariably lets out hormones which are difficult to rein in and cause a lot of damage. Regular meals limits this tendency of our bodies to go into overdrive to find resources for itself.
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