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A strong immune system is the best antidote

Our bodies are supposed to be a low-maintenance machine with a natural intelligence that protects and heals us, moment to moment. This natural defense mechanism is the immune system. And the least we can do is maintain a few habits that help it do its work efficiently.

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So here are some simple, age-old tips to keep the immune system strong and healthy.

1. A happy, positive mindset
There’s no better immunity-booster than positive thoughts and happiness. Making meditation and yoga part of your daily routine can go a long way. Research also proves that being grateful for the smallest things in your life can release hormones that make you happier and healthier.

2. Keep your lungs healthy
Regular breathing exercises and pranayamas can go a long way in strengthening your lungs. You can also practice regular steam inhalation with an essential oil like thyme, eucalyptus, etc. or inhale the fumes of mildly roasted ajwain seeds.

3. Herbal teas for better immunity
Herbal teas or Kadhas are great when it comes to boosting immunity. You can prepare using easily available ingredients like Tulsi (Basil leaves), Dalchini (Cinnamon), Kalimirch (Black pepper), Shunthi (Dry Ginger) and Munakka (Raisin). Add jaggery and or fresh lemon juice to this preparation to suit your taste.

4. Sleep well
A deep, uninterrupted sleep is good for your health, as the body heals itself when we sleep. So ensure your dinner is at least 2-3 hours before you sleep. And avoid drinking excess water just before you hit the bed.

5. Feel good in the gut
As we age, the digestive system tends to get sluggish. And since the immune and digestive system work as partners, it’s a good idea to increase your intake of fresh greens, veggies and fruits that are more alkaline in nature and reduce the load on digestion. Reducing frozen foods, diary products, meat, spicy, salty and fried foods can also help you digest your food easily and keep the gut healthy.