Resisting illness: The key to good health

The function of the immune system is to protect us against foreign invaders such as disease causing bacteria, viruses, fungi or parasites and other environmental particulate matter such as dust, pollen, mist etc.  that can trigger allergies.

Our physiological ability to fight such foreign invasion determines our resisting power that stems from individual’s immune status. Individuals with good immunity can resist such invasions and do not fall ill often as against those individuals who get frequent bouts of illnesses such as cough, cold, fever, sore throat, allergies that are caused either due to disease causing germs or allergens such as pollen, dust, mist etc.

Maintaining ability to fight against such foreign invasions is the function of our immune system.  The efficiency of our immune system is based on several factors. In India, the concept of immunity has been deeply studied in Ayurveda since 600 BC and has been explicitly explained in Charaksamhita.

The principle of Ayurveda is based on the five elements of nature. These elements combine to form three dynamic forces or interactions called doshas. Dosha as per Ayurveda is regarded as a fault in our physiological functions that are in constant flux. Hence internal equilibrium of all the functions must remain in harmony. Any change that can trigger imbalance in these processes gives rise to faulty mechanism with direct consequences on health. Thus the balance between three fundamental bodily humours or doshas called Vata, Pitta and Kapha is paramount for good health.

There is no direct measure of immunity; however, if you are falling ill often, eating out making you sick, chances are high that your immunity is low.  You may be missing office, your kids missing school, you are encountering disturbed daily routine, outdoor activities due to frequent bouts of cold, cough and flu; Chances are your immunity is low and you should think of improving it.

Daily consumption of medicinal herbs with natural antioxidant properties help achieve internal balance of the tridoshas to restore harmony and boost immunity. Haridra (turmeric) is the mother of all the medicinal herbs that is recommended daily for its health benefits. Its powerful antioxidant properties control inflammatory processes and restores the internal physiological equilibrium; this restoration helps to maintain the immunity axis balanced so that every change is well countered to improve resistance towards healthy living.

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