Over the past few years, I have seen my city experience weird weather - one day it will be hot and the very next day its cold or it rains. Global warming, I can see it, I can feel it and trust me when I say I can feel it, my nose really does feel it!!! I have tried everything from antibiotics to cough syrups, gharelu nuskhe to homeopathy. Its damn boring but, if you go for homeopathy, there are rules, you need to be sure there is a gap between when you take the medicine and anything else. If you go for ayurveda, you have to make fresh kadas or pastes and none taste that great. Allopathy has stopped working on me altogether. Good ole' Erythromycin - my friend of many years, just doesn't cure my throat anymore. I need to enjoy life and not live it in a guarded manner. That is when I discovered Dabur Chyawanprash! No, I have had it before as a kid, intermittently, but I never tracked the difference it made, back then. I heard many stories of how taking it consistently, improves immunity tremendously and finally I decided to get it home. I have it every single day. Just 1 spoon daily and it has made such a hell lot of difference to my life! Its a boon for adults like me. I wish I had listened to my Mom and had, had it regularly as a child. Maybe I could have prevented all those wasted moments spent coughing, sneezing and bearing the pain!
My learning from my experiences has been that environment is getting worse - global warming, pollution, overpopulation and deforestation are contributing significantly towards changes in climate, air quality and germs' mutation and growth. Viruses and bacteria are developing new strains, and hence drugs don't have the same effect against them anymore. Life is getting more and more stressful under such situations and that's where it comes to mind; what will happen to the kids? Kids are the future of any nation, and as they are in developmental stages, their immune systems are not as strong as that of adults. As adults, we need to ensure there is an ecosystem in place that nurtures kids and makes them healthy and strong. Here are some suggestions to ensure such an ecosystem is built and sustained:-
1) Playtime - Children need to get sufficient exercise and playtime. Unfortunately, the open spaces and playgrounds are rapidly decreasing in metros and other cities. If they are available, they are too far from homes. In such a situation, it becomes the guardian or parent's responsibility to take their child to such a place. Yes, as adults, time management is a huge issue. So how do you tackle this situation? Delegate, I say..find that friend who can take your kid, connect with that relative, a help, or better still switch responsibilities between yourself and your spouse. Its difficult but not impossible and remember, your child is your future and the future of this country as well. What you invest in him or her today, will reap rewards, accordingly, in the future.
2) Diet, Sleep & Water - Provide a balanced diet to your child and make sure he or she gets enough sleep. Nothing can be better than this! Body receives essential nutrients through the diet and replenishes itself with the sleep. Water - what can be said is less. It constitutes 90% of our body mass and having atleast 8-10 glasses a day is a must!
3) Plant Trees - Plant trees wherever you can. Consider gifting potted herbs such a tulsi, lemongrass and mint to your friends and family. If spaces are unavailable consider making a terrarium, like I posted about earlier.
4) Inculcate Good Habits in Your Kids - Washing hands before and after meals, cleanliness, basic hygiene, brushing teeth, not drinking water while sweating are some basic tips that ensure good health in the long run. Practice these yourself and make your children practice the same.
5) Go Organic - Opt for organic products - dals, clothes and veggies.
6) Ayurveda &Yoga - Instead of opting for Allopathy, opt for Ayurveda. Build the strength from within. Preach and practice Yoga - calm your senses and build your core muscles..instill these habits in your child from the beginning. Make him or her join a Yoga class and give him Ayurvedic home remedies for diseases or take him to Ayurvedic doctors when he or she is ill.
7) Dabur Chyawanprash - You may or may not be able to implement all the suggestions I gave but you can atleast make your child eat a spoon of Dabur Chyawanprash daily. It now comes in 2 new flavours - Mango and Mixed Fruit, apart from the original flavour that has been there since the beginning. There is also a sugar free variant if calorie intake or diabetes is your concern. Dabur Chyawanprash has natural ingredients like Amla and Guduchi that boost immunity and build the infection fighting cells. The world is changing and deteriorating - pollution and germs surround us but Dabur Chyawanprash still carries the goodness of Ayurveda within it and protects our health. Health is wealth, and your child and every child is the future wealth of this country. You can read more about Dabur Chyawanprash at http://www.daburchyawanprash.com/
This post is a part of An Immune India contest hosted by Indiblogger in association with Dabur