I recently happened to watch a little of the news, which is rare for me and I saw a map showing the worst to least affected by the flu in North America. It was pretty obvious to me after seeing it that the places worst affected had recently had a lot of trauma, such as the fires in Colorado and New Mexico, as well as the states that had the smoke drift into them and the North East with the Hurricane. Trauma/stress can lower the immune system which then opens people up for a more likely chance of getting sick if they don’t take time to recuperate. Stress lowers the digestive fire and dehydration causes the body to dry out. Ayurveda always looks at the digestive system and what the digestive fire is doing, when someone is out of balance. When your digestive fire is low it increases your chance of becoming sick because you are not able to burn up the infection and if you are not digesting and breaking your food down properly, it weakens your body’s ability to fight back as it is not getting the proper nutrients.
Keep the Flue at Bay by:
1. Spicing your food with spices good for your dosha increases the digestive fire– coriander (Pitta), black pepper(Kapha), cinnamon(Vata). More spice choices by dosha click here.
2. Keep your bowls evacuating properly by drinking warm water with lemon in the morning before your first meal.
3. Stay hydrated- even though it is cold out it is also dry. Think warm teas especially ones that increase the digestive fire. Honey is a natural germ killer and can be added to tea , sandwiches with nut spread and in oatmeal.
4. Diffusing essential oils with anti microbial properties -Thyme VK- P+, OreganoVK-P+, LavenderPK-V=, CinnamonVK- P+, Eucalyptus KV-P+, Clove KV-P+, GeraniumPK-V+. Caution don’t put these directly on your skin without diluting as most are heating.
Lucky you! Here is a little peek at the 5 Week Sensory Cleanse Click here to see Video 2 which talks about the importance of smell, how to heal your stuffy, runny nose and using your nose to keep your digestive fire strong. Video 2 the Sense of Smell.
Stay healthy this Flu Season!
How do you avoid or fight off the flu? Let me know in the comments below.
Want some more Ayurveda right now? Check out my guest post on Jessica Drummond.com Learn to calm your Vata and stress less this winter click here.