The Flu and You

Just heard the news on Radio that Flu season is already here and CDC is recommending Flu shots for one and all. As I am driving to work the same day, noticed a board outside CVS pharmacy “Flu and You”. I really liked the slogan, it sounded Ayurvedic. In spite of being aware of Flu as early as January ; we struggle with it every year. Is there anything different Ayurveda recommends? Let’s check it out.

In Ayurveda everything is personalized. Each person coming in for Flu may get a different set of recommendations to follow as we are different people to begin with. Not all of us are prone for Flu alike. Some of us may get Flu even after vaccination and some of us will be just fine without the vaccine. Why? Immunity is the key here that help explain the logic of the above situation. Ayurveda can really help us improve our immunity along with decreasing chances of being susceptible to these micro-organisms. How can we improve our immunity without a pill or shot? Or along with pill and shot.

Simple tips:

Avoid ice and cold beverages in colder season

Avoid Yogurt and dairy at least for three days a week

Snack on dry fruits instead of fresh ones


Protect from cold, cover yourself and drink plenty of herbal teas

Exercise daily

Good night sleep and avoiding naps

Cimmamon + Turmeric ¼ tsp each with honey first thing in the morning

Recipe for Flu tea:


4 cups of water

1 tablespoon cinnamon sticks

¼ teaspoon Turmeric

1 teaspoon grated ginger

Honey (optional)


Heat water in a pot. Add slightly crushed cinnamon sticks, turmeric powder, and grated ginger. Boil for 3 min. Strain. Add Honey if you like and sip warm during the day

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