Keep cold and flu bugs at bay this fall by adding time-tested treatments from India’s ancient holistic science, Ayurveda, to your arsenal of preventative measures and remedies. According to this 5,000-year-old healing system, we all carry a balance of three different types of energies, or doshas—fiery pitta, airy vata, and earthy kapha. With the cold, dry air and erratic winds of fall, we tend to accumulate an excess of vata, which can weaken our immunity and leave us vulnerable to viruses. Ayurveda expert John Douillard explains: “As the mucous membranes dry out, the body produces reactive mucus (the stuff of runny noses), which disturbs the nasal environment for good respiratory microbes and becomes the breeding ground for colds and flus."
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