To many of us, changing seasons are synonymous with falling sick, be it cold, headaches, flu or viral fever. This is almost assumed to be a norm as the changing season itself. But should we really consider this a norm? Other animals in nature don’t fall sick as seasons change. then why us?
When the season is changing from say, summer to the monsoon, our body is trying to adjust/cope with changes in the atmosphere. This is the body’s nature or intuitive wisdom, very much a part of our DNA. to do this, it borrows energy that would otherwise be used for our normal functioning such as digestion, repair work and elimination. As a result, immunity goes a little low and digestion becomes a bit sluggish. At such a point, we need to help the body by making appropriate changes in diet /lifestyle, else we run the risk of falling sick.
What are some of these changes we can look at making ?
1. Slow down, make the time to relax and rest more. If possible sleep more. I don’t know anyone who doesn’t feel more sleepy than usual at seasonal cusps. This is our body’s wisdom showing us the way, and if we just listen, we’ll sail through. In any case if we fall sick, we are forced to pull the brakes, so is it not better to slow down before that, and prevent from falling sick ? If we just listen to the body, we’ll realize its not asking for much. A 20 minute power nap, or just a half an hour extra in the night can in fact work wonders.
2. Eat light. which basically translates to eating more fresh fruits and vegetables, especially seasonal ones. These take up less energy to digest, and energize the body to be able to adapt to change.
3. Cleanse the system. Our body uses the maximum energy to digest food, and if we give it a break from that by fasting, we can actually free up that energy for many other useful functions. And if we simultaneously replace food with pure fruit and vegetable juices, flooding our system with essential nutrients, the effects for the rest of the season can be quite amazing! We can choose to go on a juice fast for a day, 3 days or 5 days, depending on various factors such as – age, health history and current lifestyle. If juice fasting is too extreme, one can at least support the system with one green juice a day, consuming cleansing foods such as Sweet basil seeds and Aloe Vera, or having warm herbal teas in the morning or during the day.
4. Consume anti bacterial foods. Some really common anti bacterials that already exist in our diet are ginger, turmeric, onion and garlic. Add these in generous quantities. A great immunity booster shot that you can have each morning is drinking a shot of Ginger -Turmeric Tea. Boil raw turmeric powder and fresh ginger in water, add jaggery syrup to it and your shot is ready.
That said, nourishment takes place over a period of time and immunity cannot be built overnight. Immunity building needs to take place throughout the year, along with changes in lifestyle that are more in rhythm with nature, so that we can be ready for change at any time:)