If your mom was like mine, she gave you the same home remedies when you came down with a cold or the flu: a warm blanket and a bowl of chicken soup. Mom is usually right, of course, but you might want to think twice about that chicken soup when you’re choosing flu-fighting foods.
Fall is my absolute favorite season. Leaves changing, crisp air, apple orchards, it doesn’t get much better than this! Unfortunately, it’s also the perfect time of the year to get a cold. I find that it’s always best to take care of yourself and to keep your immune system in superb order before you get that dreaded cold. Drinking home made juices and smoothies are a great way to get your daily dose of cold and flu fighting vitamins. Here are some fantastic immune boosting ingredients and recipes you should incorporate into your busy schedule.
Ayurvedicaly speaking, the common cold results largely from an imbalance of the Kapha (water and earth) and Vata (air and space) elements in the mind-ody. Vata imbalances lower immunity and lead to a build up of the Kapha dosha elements to help ‘ground’ the system. However, Kapha mechanisms typically overcompensate to make up for the ‘dryness’ associated with imbalanced Vata and lowered immunity. The result is excessive ‘coldness’ that creates mucus. This in turn reduces your gastric fire often cuasing you to experience the ‘chills.’