Nothing is more important than your health. Not even traveling!!!!!
Coronavirus has hit our travel industry to the very core. If people are not willing to travel it is very bad for our industry, but nothing is above the health of our people worldwide. Certain circumstances compel us to travel and we have to keep ourselves very very safe during our travel.
Fortunately in our country (India), this deadly virus is under control and our government is taking good preemptive measures to control its spread. Other than our government, it is our responsibility to keep our self and our surroundings safe. Most of the deaths has happened to the people who’s immune system was weak, especially old age people. Yoga and Ayurveda can be a great tool to protect our self, during traveling.
Immunity is the body’s ability to avoid infection, disease, and other unwanted biological invasions by resisting harmful microorganisms or viruses. We have different types of immunity.
Innate immunity is used to describe our body’s barriers to infection. These include our skin, tears, saliva and mucus, acid in our stomachs and engulfing cells in our bloodstream that eat up pathogens and foreign materials (phagocytes). These defenses are built in, we are born with them. They are the frontline troops that are replenished constantly. Our innate immunity can be supported by looking after the associated systems. eg. keeping hydrated to look after your skin, a healthy digestive system to have proper hydrochloric acid regulation etc.
This is your second line of defense, your cavalry, and is a more complicated bunch. They are very specific; adapting to a situation, overcoming it and remembering from experience (how we learn and live in life). By adapting to a particular bacteria or virus, and remembering them, our bodies can become immune to future invasions. These cells are pretty aggressive. They check the protein markers of all cell membranes like a ticket inspector making sure they are meant to be there. If they are not, it goes into terminator mode.
We also can acquire immunity. Antibodies and immune cells are passed on by our mothers through breast milk, and we can acquire antibodies from getting a low-grade version of a disease that’s active enough to stimulate our immune response but not make us feel sick (e.g. vaccines).
So how can we support our immune system?
The most important thing you can do is support the overall health of your body. This means we need to try to live healthily. Yoga practice and Ayurveda can help us a lot to strengthen our immune system. Don’t forget the important link between the mind-body connection. Your mental health is also just as important.Yoga and Pranayam helps you with that.
Supporting your immunity with yoga
Yoga can help support these systems specifically with targeted classes and non-specifically with a general regular yoga practice. By cultivating balance in our body systems, and in our body, in general, we can support, nourish, strengthen and build our health, immunity, energy and quality of life. Avoid any kind of meat and highly processed food. Drink as much water as you can, take the help of Ayurveda ( Giloi, Tulsi, Amla, etc) juices to boost up your immune system.
Nothing is more important than your health!!!