Never has boosting your immune system been more important than today. The immune system is a remarkably effective structure that protects you from disease-spreading organisms and incorporates specificity, and inducibility. To function well, it requires balance and harmony and your first line of defense is a healthy lifestyle. For special immune system boosters, Ayurveda recommends the following:

DIY Easy Ayurveda Immune system booster
(How to make Golden Milk at home)

  • Warm 50 g turmeric powder on a very low flame
  • Add 10 g long or black pepper powder
  • Add 25 ml ghee and mix well for five minutes
  • Allow to cool and store in an airtight container

Take daily with a teaspoon of hot water or hot milk—highly beneficial for boosting your immune system, especially for the respiratory system.

Immune System-boosting Tips

  • Eat easily digestible organic, fresh, non-processed whole foods.
  • A strong immune system is a product of good digestion. To enhance it, use spices like cumin, coriander, ginger, garlic, etc.
  • Eat at the proper time and in the right quantity.
  • Follow the Ayurvedic daily rituals and seasonal regimen.
  • Sleep well, minimise stress.
  • Engage in mindful practices like yoga asanas (poses), Pranayama (breathing exercises), and meditation.
  • Rasayana herbs enhance the body’s resistance. These are among others Guduchi or heart-leaved moonseed, turmeric, holy basil, ashwagandha, licorice, and amla, also called Indian gooseberry.
  • Yearly Panchakarma detox therapies help to get rid of toxins and are a great way to keep your immune system strong.

Additional Ayurvedic tips

  • Drink 1 glass of hot water mixed with the juice of half a lemon early morning on an empty stomach
  • Drink 2 liters of warm or boiled water every day. It is highly recommended to include a little bit of ginger, turmeric, or holy basil since they are anti-inflammatory, anti-infectious, and thus great immune system boosters.
  • Eat home-cooked meals as often as possible.
  • Avoid eating leftover foods.
  • Avoid ice-cold drinks or cold water.
  • Eat only cooked foods.

Dr Aparna

Aparna K. BAMS, MD, PhD

Consultant advisor for development of Oneworld Ayurveda and visiting physician

Aparna is one of the few specialists in the world with a PhD in Ayurveda. Born into an Ayurvedic family which operates a traditional Ayurvedic Panchakarma hospital in Kerala, India, she grew up observing her father, the renowned Dr. Padmanabhan Read more »


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