Seasonal transitions such as winter to spring or any other seasons, can often mean cold and flu season or generally feeling unwell as our bodies try to fight off the infection. The great news is there are simple things we can do to protect and help boost the immune system to give it greater fighting power.
Ginger – known as the universal medicine in Ayurveda that adds versatility to any cuisine but is a powerful healer used in many home remedies including nausea, weight loss and motion sickness. It’s scientifically proven to aid in digestion, ginger has also shown anti-inflammatory, anti-carcinogenic, and anti-oxidant properties. Try making a flu-busting tea by boiling 1 inch freshly grated ginger into 2 cups of water. Squeeze a few drops of lemon once you’ve strained the tea and ready to drink.
Tulsi – this aromatic shrub has been used medicinally for thousands of years as it has proven to help the body fight infections and reduce the duration of colds. Many studies have looked at its efficacy. Evidence suggests that Tulsi helps to purify our blood system which intensify our germ-fighting cells. Consult an Ayurveda professional to find out more about the use of tulsi to treat or prevent colds.
Garlic – an herb that is grown around the world related to onion, leeks, and chives. This is the superstar immune booster for the blood and heart. Garlic is thought to have viral and bacterial fighting properties. Add some freshly chopped or whole cloves to soups, stews, roasts and pastas – pretty much any meal can benefit from the delicious taste of garlic. Research shows consuming garlic on a daily basis (in food or raw) helps to lower cholesterol levels. It is also immensely beneficial to regulate blood pressure and blood sugar levels.
Sleep – ensuring we get enough good quality sleep is an essential part of keeping our immune systems strong. Being sleep deprived reduces our bodies’ ability to fight off infections. Around 8 hours is the recommended average for adults, so try to get an early night whenever possible.
Reduce stress levels – everyone has their own realization to the impact of stress on our immunity. Many studies have shown that our stress hormones can have a detrimental effect on immunity by reducing the number of immune cells we produce, further negatively affecting their function. Try to do things that make you feel happy deep inside and relaxes you with some “me-time” whenever possible. It’s helpful to practice relaxation techniques such a meditation, deep breathing and yoga.
Disclaimer: The content of this article is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.