The age old science of Ayurveda offers a vast repository of guidelines for promotion and preservation of immunity. They emphasise on the right diet, the importance of exercise and sleep, and on protecting your respiratory health using medicinal plants and herbs that are easily available in every Indian kitchen.
1. Turmeric, also called the golden herb, helps in removing toxins from the body, and rejuvenating the body tissues of blood and plasma. It has antibacterial properties that help fight infections. Add a pinch to your curries and dals or drink a cup of turmeric milk before going to bed.2. Tulsi combats respiratory ailments, detoxifies the body and helps regulate blood sugar level. It is also used to help to treat indigestion, ulcers, gastric disorders, and stomach or menstrual cramps. Boil a few tulsi leaves with water and drink it with a little bit of honey once it cools down a bit and add a slice of lemon for taste.
4. Mulethi keeps the respiratory tract healthy, and boosts digestion & immunity. Chewing mulethi sticks is an age-old remedy for a sore throat. You can even make yourself a cup of mulethi tea.
5. Garlic helps fight infections, and has antiviral and antibacterial properties. It is also known to stimulate the immune system and boost the efficacy of white blood cells. Add it to your curries, veggies and dals to boost the function of the immune system.