5 AYURVEDIC DIETARY STRATEGIES FOR COLD AND FLU PREVENTION

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The cold weather is here and so are the cold and flu bugs. But don't worry there are simple Ayurvedic dietary strategies that can help support your immune system, fight those nasty bugs and prevent colds and flus.

1. Get rid of green smoothies  

I know smoothies are the latest health fad that sell the dream of being healthy with minimal efforts, for all you have to do is to add the greens, berries and everything that you have on hand and blend and gulp it down. But did you know that smoothies are totally against Ayurvedic dietary principles, they are cold and Vata aggravating, they diminish your digestive fire and the poor dietary combinations of greens- fruit- dairy could lead to several health issues like skin disorders if taken for a longer period of time.

2. Limit your dairy intake

Dairy in all forms is Kapha building and yogurt which is marketed in the western world as a super food is the cause of sinus + chest congestion for many. So cutting down on the dairy especially yogurt will help you have feel less phlegmy and congested. If you are someone who loves dairy and not ready to quit it; add 1/2 tsp turmeric to warm milk before you drink it and add 1/2 tsp ginger/ cinnamon powder to your yogurt.

3. Spice up your food

Spices not only helps warm your body and stroke your digestive fire, but the spices like cinnamon, cloves, ginger also have medicinal benefits due to their anti- bacterial, antiviral properties. So to prevent cold and flus, use lots of spices to your foods and also to 

4. Warming Khichari

Khichari is the one Ayurvedic recipe that can stroke your digestive fire, nourish your body, provide warmth and can prevent as well as manage various health conditions. Khichari due to its warming spices and easy digestibility is the choice of food for fevers, colds, flus and any congestion. For those worried about their protein requirements- Khichari being a combination of rice + split lentils serve as a complete protein by providing you with all the essential amino acids your body needs. 

5. Drink warm or hot water 

Drinking hot water is the simplest way to detox as well as burn fat. It can help you decongest, stay warm, stroke your digestive fire and aid digestion of food....for a strong digestion is the foundation of a strong immune system.

These simple strategies can help you stay warm and stay healthy!