The holidays can be a whole lot of everything; food, alcohol, activities, emotions, etc. All of the movement, excitement, and indulging can takes our bodies and minds on one heck of a roller coaster, which is often the actual cause of “that cold or flu that has been going around.”
Ayurveda believes that just as nature and the seasons have their own rhythm, so does our body. Therefore, when we get out of sync, so do the biomechanics of our body causing our strength and immunity to weaken. While there maybe some type of cold or flu going around, our weakened state is what makes us more susceptible to having it.
The 3 most common ways we jeopardize our immune system:
We go, go, go, which depletes the body’s tissues and immunity (vata imbalance).
We indulge in rich and heavy foods, which tends to cause both the body and mind to feel heavy and lethargic (kapha imbalance).
We indulge in alcohol, which causes dehydration and inflammation within the body (pitta imbalance).
The 3 easiest ways to keep your immune system strong during the holidays:
Maintain some type of routine to ensure that your body is able to keep all of it’s biomechanics functioning properly and efficiently
Make sleep a priority, as there is a direct link between sleep and the immune system. During sleep, certain disease-fighting substances are released, which helps keep our immune system strong.
Have a food and alcohol plan before you attend your holiday parties. Even if it is only you saying to yourself, “I will only eat one cookie and drink one glass of wine.” This proactive thought has already set you up to mindful about what you are going to put into your body and has made you think about the repercussions you might experience if you do over indulge.
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