The immune system is a collection of billions of cells that travel through the bloodstream, defending the body against foreign bodies (antigens) such as bacteria viruses and cancerous cells. During stress the ability of the immune system to fight off antigens like bacteria, viruses etc get reduced and the body becomes prone to infections.
Ayurveda treats by reducing stress and building immunity towards infection strong. A balanced diet full of veggies, fruits and antioxidant food and adopting a healthy lifestyle, can reduce stress and anxiety levels.
Reducing stress and building strong immunity.
Magnesium-rich lentils to reduce stress:- Lentils are a rich source of magnesium and fibres that improve gut health. These provide complex carbs, a sustained source of energy, which is needed while dealing with stressful conditions. Fibres ensure alkaline medium in the intestine which further helps in the absorption of essential nutrients. Which improves gut health and leads to improvement in mental health.
Omega-3 fatty acids:- Omega – 3 polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFA) are known to have antidepressant properties. Besides fish oil, it is also present in algae plant oil.
Eating bananas:- Bananas are rich in tryptophan, which gets converted into serotonin -a monoamine neurotransmitter that contributes towards a feeling of wellbeing and happiness thus relieving stressful conditions.
Nuts consumption:- Nuts, pumpkin seeds, cashews and peanuts are rich in magnesium that helps in relaxing muscles and acts as a mood stabiliser.
Ashwagandha & Brahmi:- Indian adaptogens like Ashwagandha and Brahmi can help in reducing stress by balancing the spiked up cortisol levels – the stress hormones.
Yoga and Meditation:- Yoga and meditation are ancient Indian practises that bring mind and body in union with nature, thus relieving stress levels and facilitating building immunity strong.
As per Ayurveda – With a healthy immune system our body can do, what it is designed to do naturally. By strengthening our digestive system and cleansing the body of toxins optimum immunity can be achieved to get protection from infections caused by bacteria and viruses.
Adopting proper hygiene measures and in time seeking medical advice as and when required should be considered.
Wishing all a healthy and disease-free life.