There is a theory of immunity in ayurveda called the beej-bhumi theory, which means “seed and land.” In this case, the body is analogous to the land, and infection or bugs are like seeds. If the body is filled with ama and lacking in ojas, the infection will find it to be fertile ground for spreading, just as land that is fertile will sprout many seeds. If digestion is strong, and there is ojas rather than ama-predominates in the body, then the seeds of infection will not be able to take hold, just as seeds will not take root in land that is infertile.
Everyone is more susceptible to respiratory problems when the seasons are changing, such as in autumn and early spring. This is because the body functions differently in each season, and during the transition between the hot and cold seasons the agni, or digestive fire, can start to fluctuate dramatically.
If you do not adjust your diet and routine and follow the ayurvedic guidelines for the seasonal transitions, you can build up ama. Once the body is fertile for disease, it is easy for a cold or flu to sprout, as in the seed and land theory mentioned earlier.
This is why respiratory illnesses and allergies abound in autumn and early spring. In the early spring, there is an added factor, because ama accumulated during the winter starts to melt, flooding the micro-channels and overloading the immune system. The body’s immune system is weakened, and becomes a fertile ground for bacteria and allergens.
It’s important to always avoid the factors that cause ama to accumulate, in any season. Stay away from left-overs, processed foods, ice-cold foods and drinks, and heavy items such as fried foods. Vegetables from the nightshade family (potatoes, tomatoes, eggplant, and sweet peppers) should also be avoided, as these create ama.
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A warm bath or shower each day is very necessary to warm the body, open the pores, and regulate your body’s internal thermostat. This is important in both Vata and Kapha season.
Don’t forget to do your daily ayurvedic massage before your bath. Daily massage is very important for opening the channels, stimulating the digestion, removing toxins from the body, and pacifying the doshas. It is especially soothing to Vata dosha, which is seated in the skin. All of these factors make massage a vital therapy in strengthening immunity and preventing respiratory problems. (It’s important to note that massage is NOT recommended if you already have a cough or other respiratory imbalance, because it can push theama deeper into the system. Also refrain from a full-body massage during menstrual flow.) massage oil also has a trans-dermal effect on overall health, and thus helps enhance immunity as well
Adequate sleep is especially important in Vata season, as it counteracts the lively, moving Vata. It is also essential for anyone in any season who wants to enhance immunity and resist disease.
Exercise is another important aspect of the ayurvedic routine, because it helps enhance agni and burns away toxins. It’s important to choose the right exercise for your body type and for the season, though. Daily walks and yoga postures are good for balancing all the doshas and especially suit Vata types, while more vigorous daily exercise is required by Kapha types to stay healthy. Exercise is especially important during Kapha season, because it helps to boost agni and your immunity when toxins are flooding the body.For more see also these topics
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