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8 daily practices to fight infections during monsoon

Due to humidity and prolonged rains, bacteria and virus get the right atmosphere for breeding and due to this the risk of getting a waterborne, airborne or vector-borne illness increases manifold.

Swami Anand Arun Ji, founder of Osho Tapoban International Commune, shares daily Yoga tips to follow for boosting immunity and strength:

1. Start your day with Yoga

Morning is the best time to set the tone of the day and an activity that energises the body and soul is the best way to start your day. Kickstart your morning with gentle yoga poses like the Sun Salutation (Surya Namaskar) to awaken your body and mind. This helps in boosting blood circulation and strengthening your immune system.

2. Breathwork for respiratory health

There are many common respiratory diseases like influenza, common cold, asthma, pneumonia, and bronchitis during monsoon. You can practice deep breathing exercises like Pranayama to cleanse your respiratory system. This helps in increasing lung capacity and improving immunity against respiratory illnesses.

3. Strengthen your core

Regular exercise can keep your body and mind in top shape during monsoon. Engage in core-strengthening yoga asanas like Plank, Boat Pose, and Bridge Pose. A strong core supports overall body stability and enhances immunity.

4. Meditate for mental clarity

Mood swings and anxiety issues are common in monsoon due to lack of sunlight. Thus, it’s important to work on your mental health. Regular meditation sessions aid in reducing stress, anxiety, and depression. A relaxed mind translates to better immune function and overall wellness.

5. Stay hydrated

One way to eliminate toxins from your body is proper hydration. Drink ample water to flush out toxins and maintain optimal body functions. Herbal teas like ginger or tulsi tea can also boost immunity.

6. Eat immunity boosting foods

Consume a balanced diet rich in fruits, vegetables, nuts, and seeds to provide essential nutrients to your body. Foods like turmeric, garlic, and citrus fruits help to bolster the immune system.

7. Yoga for digestive health

Practice yoga postures like wind-relieving pose (Pavanamuktasana) to improve digestion and prevent gastrointestinal issues.

8. Prioritize sleep

Ensure you get sufficient restorative sleep each night. A well-rested body is better equipped to fight off infections.