The transition to Spring can be really tricky for many people. With the weather quickly shifting from cold to warm to freezing to hot, our immune systems can tank easily. Check out these tips from Veronica Wolff-Casey, our in-house Ayurvedic Health Practitioner, on how to keep your immune system strong during this time of year.
- Sleep, sleep and sleep some more! Being rested will ensure a stronger immune system.
- Wake up at the same time every day, and scrape your tongue! Scraping your tongue is an Ayurvedic practice. It removes gross gunk that sits in your mouth all night. Guess what's in that gunk? Yep, you guessed it, bacteria. Get rid of it before you do anything else, except sleep, sleep first then remove the gunk.
- Rinse your hands, face, eye and nose when you wake up in the morning.
- Move! Get outside and breathe the fresh air, or do some gentle yoga. Whatever you do, please, move your body.
- Eat well-cooked, well-spiced and warm seasonal food. Veronica always says that our health is determined by our digestive system, so we need to care for our digestion. Try making kitchari, a simple dish of rice and split mung beans that's easy on your digestive system. Here's a recipe for you.
- Minimize dairy, wheat, and cold foods and drinks. This won't help, and will actually reduce your ability to digest things properly, which can make your immune system tank.
- Meditate and keep your nervous system calm and regulated.
Try the tea recipes below. They are recommended for Kapha season, because they get things moving in the body. Try a warm cup about 15-20 minutes before you eat dinner, or after, if you feel you've eaten too much. The teas both have a warming and digest effect, and can help digestion and relieve gas and bloating.
Boil water in your tea kettle and put dried ginger in a mug. Allow it to steep for 5-8 minutes and drink up.
Black Pepper Tea:
Boil water in your tea kettle and put a few black pepper corns in a mug. Allow it to steep for about 5 minutes, and drink up. With black pepper, a little goes a long way, and you may be able to use the same peppercorns to steep another cup.