Rapidly developing body and mind of a child under five, makes them extremely vulnerable towards imbalances and diseases. Doshas (dominated by Kapha dosha) and dhatu (7 body tissues) in children are in a state of constant flux. Hence, maintaining balance and health are tricky during this stage of life. Immature immune system is yet another reason for increased susceptibility to diseases.
Ayurveda strongly advocates that healthy childhood is the foundation for healthy life. Diet and lifestyle habits cultivated during these early years, leave permanent impressions on the child’s physical as well as mental wellbeing for their lifetime. Ever increasing threat of chemicals, radiations, environmental toxins and pollution in today’s world makes it all the more critical, that we maintain utmost vigil during these early years of our child’s life. Apart from adopting organic diet, natural and chemical free products, we also need to adopt holistic diet and lifestyle habits like those advocated by Ayurveda in children to ensure health.
Every child is born with an innate ability to maintain their internal balance and health. These abilities are often stunted and muted due to excess use of medications, faulty diet and lifestyle. The holistic diet and lifestyle principles of Ayurveda help in reinforcing child’s own defenses against diseases, their natural responses towards imbalances and create a strong foundation- upon which the child can build a strong health for lifetime.
Recurrent respiratory tract infections (upper and lower), poor appetite and digestion, weak immune system etc. are some of the most commonly faced health issues by children below five years of age. This article will walk you through some of the basic Ayurvedic diet and lifestyle principles which help in strengthening the child’s digestive and respiratory system. These principles not only help in relieving the child of pesky symptoms, they also reinforce the child’s awareness of natural urges of hunger, thirst and voiding.
1. Warm water: Always give warm water for drinking. Cold water, iced water can suppress digestion and worsen the chest congestion. Hence should be avoided as far as possible. Benefits of giving warm water and other warm liquids like warm vegetable or chicken soup , broth etc. are-
- Clears nasal congestion
- Relieves chest congestion
- Boosting digestion
- Improves appetite
- Eases constipation
- Soothes inflamed tonsils
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