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Dr. Vikram Chauhan - MD (Ayurveda)

Tuesday, May 3, 2022

Natural Ways to Detox and Boost Your Immunity

Detoxification And Immunity

There are numerous toxins all around us to which we are exposed on a daily basis like lead, biphenyls, polychlorinated, fluoride, chlorine, cyanide, pesticides, formaldehyde, antibiotics, steroids, copper, ethanol, mercury, dioxins and ethanol. Toxins are in the exhaust of your car that you drive, chemicals used in the daily household work to clean your home, in environment pollution and drink and food that you take. These toxins are everywhere around us and it is almost impossible to avoid exposure.

All of these toxins negatively affect your health and immune system. Although when you are healthy and your immune system is strong, these toxins are removed automatically from your body with the help of the natural detoxification system of your body. But when there is excessive accumulation of these toxins, it causes weakened immunity and natural detoxification also doesn't work properly. Hence when the body is not detoxified, your immunity is low and which makes you more vulnerable to illnesses. There are certain signs of toxicity which means toxins have been accumulated in your body and you need a detoxification like catching frequent cold and flu, overall sluggishness or fatigue, headaches, digestive troubles, pain in joints, hives or rashes and toxicity can even affect your mental health causing depression and anxiety.

Detoxification and Immunity

However you don't need to worry as luckily there are many simple ways which can help in flushing these toxins out of your body and boost your immunity eventually. Let's get to know about some of them:

  1. Eat wisely - You should be very well aware and cautious about the source of food, type of food you eat. You must avoid any kind of processed and packaged food instead must get your food from natural and fresh sources. Your diet should include about 50% of vegetables in your daily diet as they are rich in fiber and phytochemicals. Also minimize intake of red meat, take organic products over conventional ones.
  2. Immune booster and detoxifying herbs - There are various herbs which can help in natural detoxification of your body and boost your immunity. Gotu Kola helps in improving memory, enhancing mood and promoting anti inflammatory response. It also helps in relieving stress, supporting circulation and balancing hormones. Turmeric helps in detoxification of the body owing to its antioxidant property and anti inflammatory property. Another helpful herb can be shilajit, as it gives body strength and longevity. This herb also boosts immunity as it possesses antioxidant, antiviral and anti inflammatory properties.
  3. Drink filter water - As normal tap water contains many pollutants hence you must drink filtered water. Also remember to change your filters timely.
  4. Less chemically loaded cleaners - While buying household cleaning products you must keep in mind that they should not be very much chemical loaded which harm your health more than microbes that you want to clean off with them.
  5. Get outdoors - Going outdoors is not only good for your mental health but physical health as well as outdoor air is much cleaner than indoor. As outdoor air contains less carbon dioxide than air in your home or room which affects your sleep and productivity. Try to visit a park or forest once in a while as the air there is full of organic compounds and phytoncides that is emitted by plants and trees and helps in boosting your immune system. Open spaces, forests and open water sources are full of negative ions that help in reducing inflammation in the body.
  6. Bring in natural plants - Plants purifies the air naturally hence bringing some of them inside your home can help in cleaning the air inside. There are certain plants which are much more efficient in purifying air like Areca palm, bamboo palm, lady palm, ficus, rubber plant, dracaena, English ivy, peace lily, boston fern and dwarf date palm.
  7. Stay active - As we have seen during the days of complete lockdown the air pollution has come down to much lower level as most of us were staying inside and not driving our vehicles. You should try to walk and cover smaller distances instead of taking your car or motorbike, this will not only reduce the air pollution but also help in keeping you physically active, which is very important. Staying physically active oxygenates your tissues, improves circulation, and enhances the lymphatic system work. All of these actions synergistically help in clearing the toxins from the body. Detoxification and immunity have a very ancient connection with Ayurveda. As detoxification has been done in Ayurveda to enhance immunity for thousands of years. It is not a new trend but an ancient practice which has now become much more popular. Ayurveda follows individualization protocols that help in meeting the unique demands of different bodies. In Ayurveda prevention of health and boosting of immunity includes maintenance of balance of the tridosha, i.e. Vata, Pitta and Kapha with the help of Dinacharya (daily regimen) and Ritucharya (seasonal regimen). There are many benefits of Ayurvedic cleansing and detoxification, like:
    • As it is individualized, i.e. personalized as per the needs of the body, Ayurvedic cleanses are very effective.
    • Ayurvedic cleanse is natural and holistic in nature which helps in enhancing the health of all aspects of the body, i.e. mental, physical, spiritual and emotional.
    • There are three stages in Ayurvedic detoxification, i.e. pre cleanse, actual cleanse and last post cleanse rejuvenation or Rasayana that boosts the immunity.
    • Ayurvedic cleanse is a gradual process and is not a quick fix as extreme and quick fixes can be good for some time only and later on they can cause muscular weakness, disturbed digestion, compromised immunity and degeneration.

Hence, you must have understood till now that the body is meant to heal naturally but taking the wrong diet, improper lifestyle and external environment can alter this. So if you must follow the above given self help tips and if you are feeling the signs and symptoms of toxicity, contact an Ayurvedic physician and go for detoxification to boost your immunity in a very healthy way. Take a healthy diet, follow a balanced lifestyle and you'll see the difference.

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