Stay Healthy and Boost Immunity with these Ayurvedic Tips
Use these Tips to Boost Your Immunity during COVID-19
These tips are good to follow at any time, but especially now, as we want to support our body’s immune response system and do the most we can to be strong and healthy. It’s our very BEST defense agains COVID-19.
#1. Eat Clean
Eat home cooked meals and snacks made with fresh fruits, vegetables, herbs and spices. When available, eat foods that are in season, locally grown, and organic. If you can’t find locally grown or organic foods, just do the best you can with the freshest options available to you. Avoid processed foods, most dairy products, sugar, and any refined grains. If you are interested in joining me for a spring cleanse that is nutritious and delicious, as well as gluten free, dairy free, sugar free and night-shade free, I’m making that available to anyone for FREE this spring due to the challenges we are facing with the Corona (COVID-19) Virus.
- Favor and use these favorite spices from the Ayurvedic tradition: Turmeric, Ginger, Black Pepper, Cinnamon, Basil and Garlic. These spices provide an array of benefits in addition adding flavor to our foods. Ayurveda suggests that we should have all six flavors at each meal, and spices help us to easily do this. (The six flavors are: sweet, sour, salty, pungent, bitter and astringent).
- Choose from a colorful array of fresh fruits and vegetables. When available choose fruits and veggies that are in season, locally grown and organic. I believe it pays to know your local farmers. It is expensive to become a “certified organic” farm, but many local growers and small farmers do use organic practices. I like to visit the farmers market and the farm to get fresh vegetables and eggs. The eggs I have been getting are beautiful brown eggs from chickens that are cage free. get to roam outdoors and they are fed soy free organic, not GMO feed. Remember, you are not just what you eat, but you are what you eat ate.
- Fresh fruits and vegetables, herbs and spices are indeed natures “Farm” acy.
- If you’d like to check out my Spring Cleanse, please do. Right now, you can have access to all of the materials and on-line support for FREE. I am accepting OPTIONAL donations to defray the cost of the program, but donations are completely voluntary. I welcome you to join and participate in a community of like-minded folks determined to improve their health during this time.
#2. Stay Hydrated
Drink pleanty of water at room temperature or hot water with fresh ginger and lemon or herbal teas.
- The minimum daily recommendation for water is to drink half your body weight in pounds in ounces of water. Meaning, if you weigh 150 pounds, you should drink 75 ounces of water per day. Herbal teas do count so long as they are not caffeinated.
- If it is hot or humid and you are doing a lot of exercise, you may need more than the minimum daily amount.
- Remember caffeinated drinks such as coffee and some teas, as well as alcohol are diuretics so you will need to drink MORE water to offset these beverages if you consume them.
- Ayurveda recommends you drink you water at room temperature or hot. Cold water and ice tend to dull the digestive fire.
- Dandelion Root & Holy Basil teas are great detoxifiers. I’ll list a couple of my favorite herbal or daily detox teas below for your reference. I use 1 Tablespoon of the CCF tea to a quart of water and add a thumb-sized chunk of fresh ginger, and the juice from half a lemon. I let it boil for a few minutes then add and a green tea-bag to let it steep.
#3. Keep Moving
Find a project around the house, do yard-work, go for a walk. The gyms may be closed during the CORONA Virus outbreak, but it is important as ever that you keep moving. Find an online Yoga or exercise class, Yoga studios are closed but there are some offering classes online. Be creative, be flexible, keep moving! One of my FAVORITE Yoga Studios will begin to offer classes virtually this week. I’ve been enjoying working in my yard, I’ve planted a few things … and I’ve been resourceful so I don’t have to go out for supplies. I have lettuce growing on the porch in the top of a garbage can and it is just beautiful. Nature has not paused, and we’ve had a few gorgeous spring days for being outside and taking a walk. The birds, the plants, and all of Nature seem completely oblivious to the Corona Virus and it is quite refreshing to be near the earth and nature at this time.
#4. Practice simple detoxifying routines
Practice these simple daily routines to stimulate your lymphatic system and keep your respiratory system clear and lubricated.
- Use a Neti pot each day to wash your sinuses. Be sure to use distilled or filtered water and not tap water. I like to warm the water to just above body temperature, and add 1/8 teaspoonful of sea salt to the water. (Note: do not use tap water and do not use iodized salt.) Pictured below is the neti pot I have and it comes with salt. It says it is dishwasher safe, but I always wash it by hand, my experience is that it is not microwave safe.
- Use Nasya: lubricate the sinuses after washing with the Neti pot by using 2 drops of sesame oil in each nostril. This can be done one to two times per day.
- Do a self-massage, called abyanga, in Ayurveda. You can use sesame oil or other herbal oils. I like to use a blend of oils infused with essential oil.
- Take a couple of minutes and use a dry brush before getting in the shower. Start from your feet and work up, or from your hands and work towards your shoulders. You can probably pick up a dry brush from your local grocery store. I’ve also included a link to one at Amazon so you can order there or just see a photo of what you are looking for. Always go from your extremeties to the center of your body. This stimulates your lymphatic system.
#5. Keep a Positive Mental Attitude
- Keep yourself busy. Find fun projects to do or catch up on things you normally haven’t had the time to do.
- Avoid going down the rabbit hole of watching a constant stream of negative news on TV, the Internet or social media.
- Stay connected to friends, loved ones and community. Social Media, Video calls, FaceTime, Zoom, Skype all offer us a multitude of ways to stay in touch and connected to loved ones and community. The phone is great, but it also is a wonderful experience to have someone join you in your home for a little while for a tea time or visit via a video call.
- Practice gratitude. Take a few moments each day to think of several things and take time to genuinely feel gratitude for the good things in your life. I suggest you begin each day with this practice.
- Meditate: Meditation has been shown to reduce stress, lower blood pressure, increase immune function and help us to stay calm and present. There are many guided meditations, I teach a mantra-based meditation called Primordeal Sound Meditation, and if you want an App to help you meditate and program your brain to stay positive, healthy, focused and make the best choices, here is a link to an App called BrainTap that will allow you to experiment and try it out for 15 days free.
- Practice Present Moment Awareness. Stay in the present moment. Don’t dwell on the past and don’t worry about what may happen in the future. Most of it you have no control over. Your mind mind will be the most calm and your actions the most effective if you can stay in the present moment. Often, if you do this, you will realize that “at this moment, I am okay and I have everything I need.”
Do an energetic cleansing of your home and office with sage or palo santo.
#7. Use aromatherapy
Diffuse eucalyptus, basil, rosemary, sage or frankinsense … or use a blend such as YoungLiving’s Thieves or OnGuard by Dotera.
- Long ago I determined that what I put ON my body is as important as what I put IN my body. I am a YoungLiving distributor, although I don’t generally actively promote it. I just use the products. However, if you would like to learn more, please contact me — the most cost effective way to enjoy their wonderful products is to become a member or distributor. I can help you.
#8. Wash your hands
Wash your hands thoroughly several times each day, especially if you have to go out to the grocery store or for some other essential errand.
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