Complete practice sessions with several minutes in savasana to allow the benefits to settle
and release the tension and stress which suppress the immune system.
3. Mindful Diet
Fortify your system with immune-supportive
foods, including leafy greens (containing
immune-boosting antioxidants, B vitamins,
and zinc). Add spinach, Swiss chard, collard,
turnip, or mustard greens to your dishes. To
support your digestive fire, it is best to eat
these veggies lightly cooked—try steaming or
As long as you are not currently sick, you can
also build your ojas by consuming ghee (
clarified butter) or almond and date milk.
Detoxifying and digestive culinary spices that
support the immune system include turmeric,
garlic, oregano, cinnamon, and clove.
4. Neti Pot
This Ayurvedic favorite is essential during cold
and flu season, especially for those prone to
sinus infections. Making it a part of the daily
routine only takes a few minutes, and it helps
flush out bugs and irritants from the nasal passages and sinuses, keeping allergies and infections at bay. (Read this article online at: layoga.com for neti pot instructions.)
5. Chyavanprash and Ayurvedic Herbs
Chyavanprash (found in health food stores
and online) is one of the best immune-boosting
Ayurvedic formulas. This jam blends numerous powerful herbs into a base of cooked amla,
a superfruit rich in antioxidants that build immunity. This centuries-old recipe is appropriate for all ages to provide health and longevity.
Other Ayurvedic herbs traditionally used to increase white blood cells (your immune system’s
front line defense) and to support the lymphatic
and respiratory systems include ashwagandha,
turmeric, tulsi, licorice, and pippali.
6. Rest and Relax
Both stress and lack of rest are known to weaken the immune system. Establish a bedtime routine to ensure that your body has sufficient time
to rejuvenate. Set aside a daily time to meditate,
reflect, journal, pray, and connect to your deepest self. You’ll find this to be one of the greatest
keys to well-being.
Premal Patel, MD is the Wellness Director at Banyan Botanicals.
She is a board-certified family practice physician who has also
studied Ayurveda and Acupuncture. She loves Ayurveda and uses
its wisdom on her two golden retrievers as well as her clients.