With the pandemic having disturbed everyone’s lives and many lives having been lost, the biggest take away from the past year has been the increased emphasis on Immunity and ways to combat communicable diseases in the society. Ayurveda, the age old Indian medical science has many times over, shown that it has the potential to manage many diseases in the most safest and simplest way, without any side effects as well as avoiding dangerous surgical procedures. Lifestyle, Diet and Exercise are the three main components of Ayurvedic therapies.

As per Ayurveda, gut health is the most important component that regulates a human being’s overall health. Hence, Ayurveda prescribes eating according to your Dosha. Ayurveda predicates that everybody is made up of different types of energy, Vata, Pitta, Kapha, known as Tridoshas, which determines the state of mind and body. Simply put, when all doshas are in sync, you stay healthy. If one dosha also gets unbalanced, health deteriorates.

Here are a few simple remedies that can protect you in the long run:

a. People with dominant Vata dosha should eat warm and nourishing foods with moderately heavy texture, and avoid salads, iced drinks, green and raw vegetables. People with dominant Pitta dosha should consume cool and refreshing foods along with abundant amounts of milk, grains, and vegetables however they should avoid oily, salty, fried, and heavy foods, while those with dominant Kapha dosha should consume spicy and hot foods including spices and avoid too many sweets, fatty and salty foods.
b. Use Ghee (Clarified Butter): This is rich in essential fatty acids and antioxidants, and hence ghee is tremendously good for health. Enriched with butyric acid, ghee supports healthy levels of cholesterol, reduces fatty tissues, boosts immunity, increases energy production, and accelerates digestion process. Ghee can either be used in cooking or can also be had as a garnish over different cooked foods.
c. Drink warm water: Hydration of body with warm water is another simple technique that aids digestion, reducing toxins and thus increases immunity. Warm water helps to retain moisture in the throat and mucous membrane, which act as a defense against pathogens.
d. Concoctions or Kadha: These are basically made by boiling a blend of different herbs and spices, all of which have natural anti-oxidant, anti-viral and immunity properties. The use of spices will vary depending upon the availability as per region. Taken once a day, it helps to keep diseases at bay.
e. Manage stress levels with Yoga & meditation: Stress is one of the critical factors that induce diseases into our system. Meditation can help you deal with mental stress in the most positive way while Yoga helps to relieve physical stress as well as strengthen the body, thus keeping the doshas in balance.

Itoozhi Ayurveda is a pioneer in Lifestyle disease therapies and has branches in Kannur and Bengaluru.

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