Immunity as a concept is vast. The body’s ability to prevent invasion of infection, viruses and other diseases is immunity. In Ayurveda, immunity is defined as the state of protection from infectious disease.
People are exposed to viruses on an everyday basis. One such is the COVID-19 that has, till now, claimed the lives of 2.95 million people worldwide. Coronavirus has made the world realise why it is crucial to have a strong immune system.
To build immunity in a day is a myth. The right way to achieve strong immunity is by consuming a healthy and well-balanced diet and ensuring regular physical workout.
One of the most important aspects of building strong immunity is keeping the body hydrated, so this is a reminder for you to sip some water right now and have it throughout the day. The intake of sufficient amounts of vitamin and mineral-based foods is also essential. In addition, make sure your food has antioxidant properties as well. Some of the essential antioxidants and nutrients are as follows:
Vegetables: Carrots, Sweet potatoes, Pumpkin, Spinach and other leafy greens, Broccoli, Bell peppers, Brussels sprouts
Fruits: Strawberries, Papaya, Kiwi, Orange, Lemon, Grapefruit, Lime
Seeds & Nuts: Almonds, Peanuts, Sunflower seeds, Hazelnuts
Dairy: Milk and Yoghurt
Spices: Turmeric, Ginger, Garlic
Oils: Sunflower oil, Soybean oil, Safflower oil
Others: Cereals, Sprouts, Beans, Green tea
Ayurveda recommends balancing your body and suggests doing Yoga and meditation along with a healthy diet.
Apart from eating on time and in the right portion sizes, sleep is an aspect of immunity that must be adhered to. In your sleep, you heal and grow which is the most crucial part of the body. So sleep for 7-9 hours daily, on average.
It is claimed that immunity helps in creating antibodies which in turn fights against infectious disease like the novel coronavirus. To build a strong immune system, all types of minerals and vitamins should be taken in balance.
The motto, ‘Eat Healthy, Live Healthy’ has worked for many in life. In Ayurveda, life is a combination of body, sense organs, mind and soul. Life is incomplete even without one of these elements. To complete life, keep everything in balance especially your three Dosha, Vata, Pitta & Kapha.