The three essential energies in the body — pitta, vata and kapha — are controlled and regulated by Ayurveda, one of the world’s oldest medical practices. “Ayur” means life in Sanskrit, and “veda” means the wisdom to live life. Immunity defends an organism from all illness external and internal forces. By adopting a healthy lifestyle, it can be done. Ayurveda emphasizes on improving immunity through a healthy lifestyle and advises the use of a few Ayurvedic herbs, says Kudrati Ayurved Health Center director Mohamad Yusuf N Shaikh.

A few Ayurvedic herbs that can help build and boost the body’s immunity:

Ashwagandha: Ashwagandha is widely known to enhance the body’s immune system because it is abundant in biologically active ingredients, amino acids, peptides, lipids, and nucleic acid bases. It aids to reduce blood sugar levels, decreases cholesterol levels and lowers stress.

Garlic: Due to its antiseptic, anti-fungal, and dietary properties garlic is used as an immune booster in Ayurveda. It is an effective natural antioxidant that defends the body from bacterial and viral infections without any side effects. It can treat coughs, colds and chest infection during the winter.

Ginger: Ginger is an antioxidant-filled with immune-enhancing properties that also helps prevent diarrhea and soothes an upset tummy. Ginger also helps keep your body warm and helps break down the cell buildup of toxins.

Amba Haldi: Amba Haldi, also known as raw turmeric, tends to revitalize and purify the blood by eliminating poisonous agents. It also helps to keep the heart and digestive system balanced.

Organically grown produce is great because it is not only free of chemicals, it also includes all the vital minerals. Vegetarian proteins including paneer, milk, and pulses help improve immunity. However, meat isn’t a good protein because it’s hard to digest says Shaikh. Here is how the future of healthcare can be reshaped.