Helping your body help you- supporting your immune system

Its been a month now and the word "immunity" has a new found meaning in our lives.

Each of us wants to have an immune system for ourselves and our family that is strong enough to fight off anything and everything that comes our way.

But a strong immune system is not something that gets built in a day. It is a combination of lifestyle and habits and can change with age or with altering lifestyles.While it is really difficult to know how much our bodies can deal with anti-bodies untill we are attacked,most of us do not want to trial that-especially in the middle of a pandemic!

Scientifically there are contrary views on what might help or not boosting your systems defense abilities but there is no secondary view of leading an overall healthy lifestyle while being particularly mindful of certain habits.

In a recent instagram post,I suggested that now seems to be the best time to re-think our routines,practices,habits. We may not be leading a perfect life today and I m not sure such a thing exists but we all know we can make small changes or improvements to several parts of our daily routines.Follow me on instagram@earthenlivinguk or on Facebook as I take you through a journey of one practice at a time,simplifying and giving you time to make small changes for much larger benefits.

For now, here are a few tips towards eating better and more healthy especially during the next few months.This list was put together after a online workshop recently conducted by prominent Ayurvedic practitioner in London.


A large part of having a good immune system is gut health. So here are a few pointers to keep that gut happy!


1. Reduce the intake of refined sugar

Sugar weakens the immune system .One teaspoon of sugar is said to lower your immune response for the next several hours. If you decide to binge on an ice cream tub or have cake everyday and carry that on for days together,you can well calculate how many hours that might be.


2.Re-think your morning drink

Are you a slave to caffeine every morning? Here are the better alternatives

Lemon and hot water

Honey,lemon and ginger with warm water

An ideal combination:Honey,lemon,ginger and a spoonful of raw apple cider vinegar in warm water.

Apple Cider vinegar is both a pre-biotic and a pro-biotic,both of which are needed and excellent to maintain good gut health.It is also an anti bacterial as is honey.The above combination draws out the benefits of ginger which is a solution to almost everything in ancient Indian and Chinese medicine,lemon and warm water helps you get the morning started on the right note.

So instead of a caffeine fix every morning, with the above drink you are setting yourself up for the day in terms of elimination as well a good digestion for the day.

If you have any underlying health conditions like diabetes or take other tablets for a condition,please consult your doctor first before using apple cider vinegar.


Here is a recipe to follow,

HONEY,LEMON,GINGER APPLE CIDER INFUSION

200ml of hot water (same temp as you would use for tea)

1 tbsp freshly squeezed lemon juice

1 tsp freshly juiced ginger or a 2 inch piece of fresh ginger sliced thinly

1 tbsp raw honey

1 tsp raw unfiltered apple cider vinegar


Combine all the above ingredients and mix well untill combined.Always add the honey last or just before you actually begin sipping on it.Ideally honey should be added when it is a drinkable temperature for you.