Have you ever heard the expression "There's no cure for the common cold?" Well, not according to Ayurveda. The common cold is recognized by Ayurveda to be mostly due to imbalances in Kapha and Vata doshas, as Kapha rules over the respiratory system and Vata controls the immune system. When there is cold weather, colds are more prevalent, as they tend to happen when the body's agni, or digestive fire, is dampened, resulting in lowered immunity. Ama, or toxins, accumulate in the body when the reduced agni fails to burn them away. Ama clogs up the body's pathways resulting in extra phlegm.
The best way to beat the common cold, according to Ayurveda, is to prevent it from ever happening in the first place. In order to strengthen your immune system, you must stay warm, avoid stress, get a healthy night's sleep and ensure you are getting proper nutrition. Stay away from cold foods in cold weather and warm up your body from the inside out with spices such as clove, coriander, black pepper, cumin, and especially, turmeric, which eliminates ama and increases immunity.
Make sure to get enough Vitamin C in your diet that can actually be assimilated, as not all supplements containing Vitamin C are optimally absorbed by your body. Amla is one of the most valued Ayurvedic herbs. It is also one of the highest natural sources of Vitamin C and is one ingredient in Radiance, rom the West Coast Ayurveda Natural's Line, a supplement which assists in flushing out toxins from the body and building immunity.
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