The need for an immune body probably cannot be emphasized more than at a time like this as COVID-19 grips the world.
The COVID-19 outbreak has brought the focus back to the body’s natural defense system or immunity. While there is no medicine for COVID-19 as of now, the need is to take preventative measures which boost immunity in these times.
This is the time when it is all about bringing balance in the body by keeping it healthy and living happily with a disease-free body. “One has to prevent oneself from falling sick. For this you must follow the principles of Ayurveda, namely Dhincharya that is daily regime and Rithucharya which is seasonal regime and lastly detoxify your body and rejuvenate once a year by doing the Panchakarma Therapy. Dhinacharya describes in detail about oral hygiene, Yoga, Pranayama, meditation, balancing diet and bowel movements and more. Ritucharya, describes the various changes in our body during the different seasons and its effect on health and how to maintain the good health during these times by balancing our diet and boosting immunity in the body by proper detoxification, (Panchakarma) as per ayurvedic principles.
Diet is very important and ensure you add ginger, garlic, pepper, turmeric, clove, cumin, fenugreek and cinnamon. All these ingredients not only build the immune system but brings balance and great harmony to the body, mind and soul,” says Gita Ramesh, Jt. MD, Kairali Ayurvedic Group. “As per Ayurveda Swastyasya Swastha Rakshan on this period we can focus on our personal hygiene. Specially taking a warm shower immediately after coming from out or exposure, applying sesame oil to all body (self-application) before morning bath, allow nostrils to be lubricated by application of cow ghee or oil in nostril and warm turmeric water gargle or warm water gargles help,” avers Dr. Aruna Bhide, Sr. Ayurveda Doctor & Consultant, Mercure Goa Devaaya Retreat. Breathing exercises like anulom vilom pranayama (alternate breathing), Kapal bhati (forceful exhalation) and Nadi shuddhi pranayama are beneficial. Exercise until you sweat as this is very helpful for excretion of toxins.
Read the full story first appeared in The New Indian Express dated May 24, 2020 here: