I’ve been in India.
It was amazing and life changing on so many levels. My heart grew a little and my knowledge of what it means to practice Ayurveda, seeped into parts of myself that I didn’t even know existed.
Deep, nourishing, detoxifying, rejuvenating…these words all have new meaning.
Here are some pictures (because I have about a gazillion of them and am sharing them with every single person I know, every day).
It was that good. There aren’t adequate words to describe the sights and sounds AND smells of this place on the globe. It’s insane and blissful and heart-wrenching and so very innocent.
I learned so much.
When I arrived home leaving behind the bliss and “cray-cray” of this third-world country, real life gave me a tap on the shoulder to “welcome” me home in the form of the flu. Luckily for me, I dodged the bullet but my husband, my father, my good friend, my niece…got to enjoy the misery of it fully.
This got me thinking about why they got it and I didn’t.
Because I was going to India, I’d beefed up my normal routine to include some of the superstar herbal formulas in Ayurveda to give my immune system a boost. Apparently it worked like magic as I’m still flu-less.
While living in balance (proper diet and lifestyle) is always the ultimate prevention to all illnesses and disease in Ayurveda, there are times when it’s totally acceptable to do a little extra to stay healthy.
Cold & flu season is a perfect time to give your body (your immune system) a boost.
- Indulge in a diet that minimizes stimulants, refined sugars, and processed foods. Instead, emphasize healthy, whole foods, and be attentive to Ayurvedic Food Combining.
- Including garlic in your diet will offer natural support to the immune system. Garlic kindles agni (the digestive fire), destroys natural toxins, encourages the maintenance of a normal body temperature, supports the lungs, and clears excess kapha.
- Sleep deprivation severely compromises immunity. Be sure you are getting enough sleep, take naps (if you can) and make time to rest.
- Engage in a healthy, balanced daily routine. Exercise, eat at regular times and minimize stress as much as possible.
Some Ayurveda formulas that you might find useful include the following:
Turmeric, Ginger & Tulsi:
- Tumeric bolsters the immune system, purifies the blood, strengthens digestion, and eliminates natural toxins from the digestive tract.
- Ginger burns ama, promotes healthy expectoration, cleanses the blood and lymph, encourages healthy circulation and sweating, and removes excess kapha from the lungs. Ginger has long been used to stimulate and support the immune system.
- Tulsi removes excess kapha from the lungs and upper respiratory tract while promoting healthy circulation, and strong digestion. It is useful in maintaining a normal body temperature and it naturally bolsters the immune system.
The formula I like best in pill form and used prior to, during and after my travels is Immune Support by Banyan Botanicals. There is also Immunocare by Himalaya. Either is of these is recommended to help boost the immune system.
I’ve also found that a good probiotic taken daily does a body good.
Remember, 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.
The suggestions I listed will undoubtedly support the immune system, but it is equally important that you honor yourself and what’s going on with you.
Ayurveda is a very holistic and individualized wellness tradition; it is all about you—your unique strengths and vulnerabilities, and your personal path toward healing.
As always, if you have any questions about any of this, feel free to shout me out! I’m happy to answer your Ayurveda questions.
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