Tips for Immunity for cold and Flu Season, as provided by http://www.mapi.com As usual, these are just information to keep in consideration, for medical advices, please consult your doctor.
Dietary and Lifestyle Tips
1. Protect yourself from extreme temperatures. Keep your head warm. The body loses most heat through the head and torso. This can increase Vata and weaken the immune system.
2. Avoid iced beverages during or immediately after meals.
3. Stay hydrated and drink plenty of warm fluids to balance Vata.
4. Eat pure, fresh foods.
5. Avoid foods containing preservatives and avoid leftovers.
6. Get plenty of rest. When the body is tired immunity is weakened and you are susceptible to illness.
7. Wash your hands regularly with soap.
8. Try eating a small piece of fresh ginger before meals to help stimulate digestion.
9. Use turmeric in your cooking, a natural antibacterial.
10.Favor lighter well cooked, nutritious foods, such as soups. These foods are easy to digest and allow the body to direct more energy toward immunity.
11.Avoid heavier, fatty foods such as red meats and dairy.
Spices for Supporting Immunity
Spices not only enhance flavor, but research also shows that they have therapeutic value. Below find a spice mixture from our Maharishi Ayurveda expert for creating a healthy, balanced immune system:
6 parts Turmeric
3 parts Ground Cumin
3 parts Ground Coriander
6 parts Ground Fennel
1 part Powdered Dry Ginger
1 part Ground Black Pepper
1/4 part Ground Cinnamon
Mix all the spices together. Store them in an airtight container, in a cool place and away from direct sunlight. Mix one teaspoon of the spice mixture into one tablespoon of ghee (clarified butter) on low heat until you smell the aroma being released. Remove from the heat immediately to avoid burning. Add this spiced ghee to cooked rice, vegetables or other dishes. This good tasting combination of spices will help enhance digestion and thereby support a healthy immune system.