What Defines Immunity? Wikipedia defines immunity in biomedical terms as the following. “In biology, immunity is the balanced state of multicellular organisms having adequate biological defenses to fight infection, disease, or other unwanted biological invasions, while having adequate tolerance to avoid allergy and autoimmune diseases."
With the onset of cold weather, our ability to stay healthy is challenged. It’s especially true when the same ill-symptom occurs at the same time every year. Learning to recognize the early signals your body provides is key to preventing deeper health issues.
Prevention is the primary goal of Ayurveda, and being aware of the early symptom signals your body provides is essential. At the beginning of winter, the cold drying effects of vata are felt, as winter progresses the deeper cold of kapha settles in. This transition challenges our strength and immunity and manifests as colds, cough, fever, headache, sinus congestion, constipation, indigestion, insomnia, itchy dry skin, and body pain and stiffness
Ahh, Kapha. A Dosha that we all have, made up of earth and water. It gives us many of our best human qualities, such as our grounding, stability and warm emotions. When in excess however, it can have negative consequences on our overall health.
To reduce or pacify kapha, Ayurveda has given us dietary, lifestyle and herbal treatment strategies. To reduce Kapha, emphasize stimulation, exercise, lightening, warming and drying in your diet and lifestyle.
Herbal medicine, when used correctly, enhances gentle and natural healing. For Kaphas and those with excess Kapha, herbal remedies can promote detoxification and rejuvenation.
In Ayurveda, herbs are a part of a complete plan for mind-body-spirit balance. Diet, exercise, and lifestyle, along with herbs, are used to make changes that address the root causes of your digestive issues.
Kapha is balanced by a diet of fresh, cooked, whole foods that are light, dry, warming, well-spiced, and easy to digest. Avoid eating food cold or as leftovers. Eat warm or hot food.
Fresh, cooked food calms Kapha by balancing mucous production, regulating moisture levels, maintaining adequate heat and supporting healthy digestion. Because of the nature of Kapha, a Dosha-appropriate diet is one of the most effective ways balance it.