7 Ayurvedic principles for strengthening immunity and reducing respiratory infections


6 Ayurvedic principles for strengthening immunity and reducing respiratory infections

Ayurveda emphasizes a well-balanced sattvic diet that includes fresh, seasonal, regional and organic foods.

Written by Tavishi Dogra |Updated: November 16, 2023 6:31 PM IST

We are experiencing a significant increase in air pollution. Smog degrades air quality and makes it difficult to breathe properly. This pollution has numerous negative effects on health. Ayurveda, the traditional medical system of India, includes several concepts and practices that can strengthen the immune system and reduce susceptibility to respiratory infections. The first Ayurvedic principle is Dinacharia (daily regimen), then Ritucharia (seasonal regimen), Sadvrtta (do’s and don’ts) and Nidra (sleep). As per Dr. Miki Mehta,these principles emphasize the importance of a healthy regimen in the prevention and control of numerous diseases.

The discipline of Dan Dinacharia must be in order

Start with gratitude to the deity, yoga, meditation, chanting, walking and mingling with nature. In the discipline of a day, there would be Ahar (food), Vihar (way of life), Vishram (rest) and Aushadh (medicine/healing).

  1. A diet rich in fruit, dry fruits, vegetables, herbs, whole grains, lean proteins and dairy products can provide the nutrients needed to maintain a strong immune system. This way of eating is vegetarian, minimalist and light, with healthy food that is not refined and, most importantly, simple cooked food and clean water.
  2. Foods rich in vitamin C, such as amla, lemon, orange, pepper, tomato, etc. have been shown to reduce the risk and duration of respiratory infections. Ayurvedic rasayanas are revitalizing medicines that attempt to increase longevity and immunity.
  3. Chiavanprash is a well-known rasaiana that can help boost immunity. Shitopaladi is a treatment that stands out for respiratory health. Sipping ginger tea can strengthen your immunity and therefore your lungs. Consuming a paste of turmeric, black pepper, dry ginger and cinnamon helps keep the throat and lungs clean, as it is excellent for loosening mucus congestion. Honey helps to clean the lungs.


  4. To remember, food can cleanse, regulate and strengthen you. These pure foods can transform your life, work magic and create alchemy. Regular yoga and pranayama (breathing exercises) can improve lung function and respiratory health by improving lung muscle health.
  5. Pranayama, like Bhastrika and Anula Vilom, is a respiratory therapy that helps prevent respiratory infections. Long exhalations and deep breathing – simple, soft and gentle – are also good. That would be yoga that doesn’t kill you and increases the life force in you. Steaming and nasyam (nasal drops) using sesame oil also help in clearing the lungs.
  6. Ayurveda emphasizes change your lifestyle, diet and daily routine seasonally, get enough rest and follow a regular sleep routine. This helps the body to adapt to environmental changes and stay in balance. Ayurveda also emphasizes a well-balanced sattvic diet that contains fresh, seasonal, regional and organic foods. Good sleep allows the body to heal and rejuvenate, which is essential for a strong immune system.

Conclusion: According to Ayurveda, toxins (amas) can accumulate in the body and weaken immunity. Panchakarma is an Ayurvedic cleansing therapy that helps the body eliminate toxins.Ayurveda is therapeutic in every way. With respect to human rules, it can give longevity, immunity and vitality. Cleanses, regulates and strengthens.

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