Immunity For All Ages

Types Of Immunity

Innate-Immunity

Innate Immunity:

is the immunity that we are all born with. It includes the external barriers of the body such as the skin and the mucous membranes of the throat and gut.

Adaptive-Immunity

Adaptive Immunity:

is the immunity that we develop through the course of our lives from exposure to diseases and vaccines.

Passive-immunity

Passive Immunity:

is immunity that is gained from another source. Examples of this are the antibodies that a baby gets from its mother through the placenta before birth and her breast milk after birth.

Factors That Compromise Immunity

When it’s working well, the immune system protects you from illness, without you noticing a thing. However the immune system can be compromised by poor lifestyle and stress, leaving you susceptible to infections and illness. Some of the factors that can diminish your immunity are

stress

Stress

lack of sleep

Insufficient sleep

poor diet

Poor diet

Lack of exercise

Lack of exercise

Habits such as tobacco use and alcohol consumption

Habits such as tobacco use and alcohol consumption

Being overweight

Being overweight

Poor handwashing hygiene

Poor handwashing hygiene

Nutrient deficiencies

Nutrient deficiencies

Loneliness

Loneliness

Immunity In Children

A newborn’s immune system is fragile -- and doesn’t mature until the baby is about 2-3 months old. However, the baby is protected by the antibodies from its mother. As the baby grows, you can build its immune system with immunizations, playing outdoors, good hand washing hygiene, a healthy diet and adequate sleep.

Immunity In Adults

As you grow older, the immunity that you’ve acquired throughout childhood and adolescence begins to weaken. Your body doesn’t respond as quickly to fight off bacteria and viruses that invade our systems, and we tend to fall ill more frequently. There’s no set age for when this begins to happen. So it’s important to pay attention to your health and lifestyle.

Immunity In The Elderly

Ageing takes a toll on the immune system -- allowing more infections, inflammations and diseases to take hold. Even vaccines are not as effective in people over 65. This phenomenon even has a name: immune senescence. However, with the right nutrition, older people can maintain a healthier immune system.

How Can You Boost Your Immune System?

While your immune system works hard to fend off infection and illness, your environment and lifestyle can take a toll on how it functions. Mindful changes in lifestyle and diet help promote immune health, and in turn protect you from infections and illness.

Here are some things that you can do.

Limit exposure to chemicals & carcinogens

Limit exposure to chemicals & carcinogens

Take your vitamins

Take your vitamins

Exercise regularly

Exercise regularly

Cut sugar

Cut sugar

Mind the alcohol

Mind the alcohol

Quit smoking

Quit smoking

Lose the extra pounds

Lose the extra pounds

Watch sun exposure

Watch sun exposure

The Ayurvedic Approach To Immunity

Ayurveda subscribes to a holistic approach to health, and immune health is no exception. Along with a balanced diet, proper sleep and adequate exercise, there are several health boosting remedies that you can take to promote your immunity. Here are some suggestions that have been issued in public interest from the Ministry of AYUSH: http://ayush.gov.in/

Curcumin Milk

Curcumin Milk

Turmeric is a well known immunity booster. Half a teaspoon of turmeric in a glass of milk, to be taken once or twice a day.

Chyawanprash

Chyawanprash

10 mg of chyawanprash every morning is recommended for people of all age groups.

Herbal Tea

Herbal Tea

A decoction made from Tulsi, Dalchini, Kalimirch, Sunthi, and Munnaka. Lemon and jaggery are optional.

Yoga

Yoga

Daily practice of yoga and meditation for 30 seconds lowers stress and enhances the body’s natural defences.

Oil pulling therapy

Oil Pulling Therapy

Swish sesame or coconut oil in the mouth, and then rinse with hot water once or twice a day.

Mindful Cooking

Mindful Cooking

Use of Haldi, Jeera, Dhaniya and Lahsun in cooking to enhance flavour and boost immunity.

Warm Water

Warm Water

Drinking warm water throughout the day cleanses the system.

Kalamegha

Kalamegha

Kalamegha has anti-inflammatory, antiviral, and antioxidant properties and is a natural immunity booster.

Guduchi

Guduchi

A rasanaya herb, Guduchi activates the immune system and improves overall health. It is especially effective against illnesses such as fever, jaundice, skin disease, and tuberculosis.

Haridra

Haridra

A vital ayurvedic herb, haridra contains curcuminoids and has anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant properties. It balances the pitta dosha in the body that detoxifies the body and promotes healing.

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