There is no time and reason for the cold and flu season especially now when the world is going through a global pandemic. 2020 is all about how we can boost immunity and I find no better way than to rely on good old Ayurveda for this.
In Ayurveda, the winters, when cold and flu are on a rampage, is governed by Vata Dosha. This dosha is qualified as being light, cold, dry, and rough. Thus, we are often forced to rely on warm and nourishing practices and elixirs for the cooler months that must also follow a routine as recommended by Ayurveda.
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This is not to say that summer is not the cold and flu season. It is. And no matter what the season is when we get sick, our immune system gets compromised. In general, our immunity delves largely on our digestive system. Therefore, supporting your digestion with a Vata-pacifying diet and following related Ayurvedic tips is a great way to strengthen your digestion but immunity too.
According to Ayurvedic tips, one must include warm and cooked foods and beverages in the diet. Nutrients can not be properly absorbed by the body and toxins can not be eliminated once digestion is impaired. This leads to the built-up of “ama” which will further weaken the immune system and make our bodies more vulnerable to various viruses and bacterias.
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If you have been on the suffering end of the cold and flu season, here are some ayurvedic tips and ‘cold and flu season’ remedies that will get you through:
Gargle With Salt Water
If you feel that buzzing itch in your throat, all you need to do is mix in 1/2 teaspoon of sea salt in a glass of warm water and gargle with it at least 2 to 3 times a day. You will see the congestion vanishing way as salt helps to break up the mucus and remove unwanted bacteria.
Sipping on Hot Water
What can be simpler than sipping on warm water throughout the day and get rid of congestion? One of the most effective ayurvedic tips for the cold and flu season is to sip warm water as it helps to support the digestive system by dissolving “ama“. This is one of the best home cold and flu remedies to bolster the immune system.
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Kashayam is a very popular Ayurvedic trend that refers to a concoction containing either a single herb or a bunch of them. It is popular due to its benefits especially during the cold and flu season.
Here is an ayurvedic recipe for making kashayam. Although it is best to make each serving fresh every time, you can still store it easily if you want to and wish to drink it throughout the day.
- 1 cup of water
- 1 teaspoon jaggery powder (optional ingredient)
- 1/8 teaspoon turmeric powder
- 1 teaspoon grated ginger
- 1/2 teaspoon lime/lemon juice
- 1/4 teaspoon Himalayan pink salt/ Rock salt
- 1 teaspoon whole peppercorns
- 1/4 teaspoon cloves
- 5 cardamom
- Put the water in a pan and let it come to a boil.
- Add jaggery powder and let it dissolve completely.
- Add all the other herbs and ingredients and simmer for 2 to 3 minutes.
- Stir the mixture every 30 seconds.
- Turn off the heat, and let the concoction rest for 2 to 3 more minutes.
- It is ready to boost your immunity! Pour it in a glass and enjoy!
The last thing you want to do when your digestive system is out of order is to burden it with more food. Include warm, and light food like stews, broths, and soups. Avoid processed foods, coffee, dairy and its products, alcohol, fried items, and cold foods.
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The Cold and Flu Paste
The cold and flu season calls for special Ayurvedic paste which consists of ingredients like turmeric and honey. It is a great ayurvedic remedy for cold and flu problems like a scratchy or itchy throat. Make a paste using honey, ground turmeric or turmeric powder, and ground or grated ginger.
Try making this healing turmeric tea to sip on in the mornings or evenings. Or this Easy 3 Ingredient Immunity Booster Detox Tea with Ginger, Peppermint, Lime
Get In Some Vitamin C with Chyawanprash
Chyawanprash is considered to be the number one immunity booster in Ayurveda. To survive the cold and flu season, take a tablespoon of Chyawanprash every single day. You can have it with some warm milk at night to have a complete meal. Rich in Vitamin C, it will make sure to protect your health all Vata season long.
We often underestimate the power of sleep. However, it is important to take an adequate amount of sleep and more so ever during the cold and flu season. Make sure that you are taking in at least 8 hours of sleep to help your body recover and rejuvenate.
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A humidifier can help clear the bacteria and virus out of the air which is pretty active during the cold and flu season. Using a humidifier in turn would make your respiratory channels clear, skin moisturized and the whole environment would be free of any allergens, or dust that can cause any Vata problem.
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