STAY SNIFFLE-FREE THIS WINTER
The winter season is an ideal time for catching a cold or the flu. Theweather is cold, wet and windy, and your co-workers and friends may becarrying viruses that can infect you as well. However, don't blame them or theweather if you get sick. Infections and colds are the resultsof a weak immune system. Viruses are seeds that look for fertile land,such as a weakened body, to take root. If you keep your immune system strong,you can stay sniffle free all winter.
DON'T CREATE FERTILE LAND FOR VIRUSES
The best way to increase your immunity is to avoid creating ama. Thissticky waste product of undigested food clogs the channels that carryfood to the cells and the channels that remove wastes. It also blocksthe microchannels that are part of the immune system and provides abreeding ground for viruses. Foods that create ama include leftovers,processed foods, ice-cold foods, and vegetables from the nightshadefamily (potatoes, tomatoes, eggplant, sweet peppers). By avoiding thesefoods and eating regular meals in moderate quantities you cansignificantly lower the accumulation of ama in your body.
KEEP YOUR AGNI STRONG
Your agni or digestive fire is the strongest weapon against ama. Thecold weather can decrease your agni so you need to use spices toimprove your digestion. Cook your food with the followingimmune-enhancing spices: cumin, fennel, coriander, turmeric, ginger, andblack pepper.
IMPROVE YOUR ROUTINE
Every-day stress can also act as a fertilizer for viruses. Practice theTranscendental Meditation(R) technique twice a day to reduce stress and tostrengthen your immune system. Get enough sleep and exercise accordingto your body type. Perform a whole-body self-massage every morning toopen the channels, stimulate digestion and remove toxins from the body.Take a warm bath to warm the body and regulate its internal thermostat.Dress according to the weather to prevent your body from getting cold.
TURN TO HERBAL PREVENTION
To strengthen your natural defenses, start taking Maharishi AyurvedaFlu Season Defense at the beginning of the flu season. This herbalformula helps remove toxins that can weaken your resistance, and helpsbalance mucus in the lungs and sinuses. Drink Sniffle Free Tea everyday to strengthen digestion. Amrit Kalash is also a powerful rasayanafor improving immunity and detoxification all year round.
WHEN YOU ARE SICK
At the first sign of a cold or flu take extra measures. Get plenty ofrest and stay at home. Take a few days off to help your body get backon track. If you continue your usual routine, your condition may getworse and the recovery time will be longer. This really isn't the timeto push but to follow your body's natural rhythm. If it tells you toslow down, listen to it.
Drink lots of warm water to help flush toxins from the lungs. Eatwholesome, nutritious, easily digestible foods such as cooked leafygreen vegetables, fresh fruits and vegetable soups. Avoid heavy foodslike meat, dairy, oils, nut butters and sweets. Take Sniffle FreeTablets to strengthen the digestive fire, balance the production ofmucus and enhance the bioavailability and circulation of vitalnutrients. If your head feels heavy and congested, diffuse Sniffle FreeAroma in the air. For a congested throat and lungs take the CongestiveThroat Formula. This herbal syrup nourishes the throat and the lungs,reduces mucus production and eliminates impurities.
Since excess moisture and mucus is a sign of Kapha imbalance,consume light, warm, dry, pungent, bitter and astringent foods whichpacify Kapha dosha. Flavor your meals with Maharishi Ayurveda KaphaChurna, a Kapha-balancing mix of spices.
Don't be the one who comes down with a flu this winter. With these fewadjustments you can naturally improve your resistance to sickness andenjoy a healthy season.
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