8 ayurvedic ways to build strong immune system this winter

By TNT Bureau

Dec 18, 2017: Ayurveda says that it is essential to take good care of yourself during winter season as cold can worsen conditions and weaken your immune system. During the winter season, cold and dry air makes the environment such that germs can generate easily. The drier the air, the longer germs stay airborne. Even if you come closer to other people with cold and flu, it is likely that their germs will get migrated to you.

Have a look at the following 10 ayurvedic ways to build strong immune system this winter.

Choose a natural kick

The energy levels begin to decline during winters, and jump-starting your energy levels by consuming coffee will support your immune system. Caffeine support the body’s immunity and energy. You can also brew a cup of hot nettle tea that will act as a gentle energizer during the cold weather.

Do heart-opening yoga poses

 

Practice more heart-opening poses such as Bhujangasana (Cobra pose), Matsyasana (Fish pose) and Setu Bandha Sarvangasana (Bridge pose).

These are heart opening yoga poses that stimulate blood flow to the thymus, the hormone responsible for boosting immune system.These yoga poses help prevent cold and flu.

Add mushrooms to your diet

Mushrooms help to recharge the immune system by increasing the disease-fighting white blood cells in your blood. Maximize your consumption of mushrooms by adding them to your soup. It is suggested to eat shiitake, maitake, and oyster mushrooms.

Do meditation

Stress is the worst enemy for the immune system. The body’s capability to fight germs is composed of physical and mental tension. This is where meditation steps in as an aid to help reduce stress.

Studies have shown that meditation-induced relaxation helps to boost immunity. Hence, it is suggested to practice mindfulness meditation to reduce stress. About 10 minutes of daily meditation helps to decrease the physical symptoms of stress

Keep moving

Cold weather is no excuse to skip your exercise routine. Increase your immune system by doing 30 minutes of moderate exercise daily. Increasing the heart rate accelerates the circulation of white blood cells, making you more likely and fit for the winter season.

Explore ayurveda

It is suggested to consume ayurvedic herbs such as ashwagandha and turmeric as they help to boost immunity. Ashwagandha or Indian ginseng is a powerful immune-system builder. Its root supports the nervous system and gives you the capability to manage with stress.

Turmeric is helpful for its antiviral and antibacterial properties. Add a pinch of black pepper in your food and tea to increase its potency.

Have fun

Having fun means good health. Studies have shown that looking forward to an event helps to increase your immunity. It was seen that biological changes take place before, and in expectation of an event. Particularly, detrimental stress hormones reduce when you look forward to something you enjoy, according to the study.

Keep yourself hydrated

In order to ward off germs, simply add water to the air and body. Researchers have linked the increase of flu to low humidity of the winter, which means that moisture might be a natural weapon against airborne germs.

Low humidity can also dry the mucous membranes. It is recommended to drink six to eight glasses of water daily to keep your body hydrated.

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