Boosting Your Immunity Through Ayurveda by Jody Holloway
Ayurveda is one of the world’s oldest holistic healing systems, it was developed over 3000 years ago in India. Its goal is to maintain balance and harmony within body, mind, emotion, and spirit for optimal vitality. There have been many recent scientific studies about gut immunity and findings state 90% of our immune system is located in our gut. According to Ayurveda, vitality comes from agni (ugh-nee) the digestive fires. These will fuel our gut immunity, therefore improving agni will improve immunity.
Ayurveda provides simple guidelines to improve agni, easily done with a few small changes.
Foods to Add:
Warming spices and foods- Garlic, Onion, Ginger, Cinnamon, and Peppers.
CCF tea - ½ tsp each of coriander seed, cumin seed, and fennel seeds, boiled in 4 cups of filtered water, and then strain and enjoy! Increase to 1 tsp each spice as your body gets used to this blend. CCF tea helps build agni and can be consumed anytime during the day. Of course, other tea blends which have ginger, nutmeg, or cinnamon can also be helpful.
Things to Avoid:
Processed foods- they contain preservatives and chemicals that impair our agni, eat as many freshly prepared foods as possible.
Cold foods and drink- drink room temperature or hot beverages, no ice, please. Avoid raw foods as these are difficult to digest, they dampen your agni. Eat lightly steamed or cooked fresh foods instead.
Dairy- This can be a tough one, especially for those who grew up on milk and cheese. Dairy is difficult to digest and a cooling/damp food, which will dampen angi. In Ayurveda, due to the difficulty of digesting dairy, it is recommended to consume it alone, and when building agni avoid it.
When to eat:
In Ayurveda, our bodies have a natural rhythm, and eating with that rhythm will assist our agni.
Breakfast- eat a small/ moderate meal, allowing agni to wake up.
Lunch- eat a moderate/bigger meal at lunch, as agni is fully awakened!
Dinner- eat a smaller/modest meal, so agni can ramp down to rest.
Consult an Ayurveda professional for guidance on boosting your immune system. There are other Ayurvedic factors that can affect agni and is important to research, gather information, and construct a plan.
Do your best with 1-3 above, make small changes, and build upon them.
Don’t add digestive supplements until you have accomplished the changes above, supplements won’t help much when agni is impaired.
Please send me your questions about Ayurveda or go online to schedule a consultation with me and any of the amazing Harmony Health Practitioners.
Now go build those digestive fires!
By Jody Holloway- Ayurveda Lifestyle Consultant