5 Immunity Boosters You’ll Easily Find at Home
You’d agree that changing seasons brings with it mayhem of health issues, where it all starts with a cough or sneeze and spreads as viral infections. With a shift in weather, the need to keep a check on our clothes, eating habits and even immune system arise. While we all understand the importance of following a healthy lifestyle with a fixed sleep schedule, regular workout sessions and a well-hydrated body, it’s time we power up our immunity too. A strong immune system helps to fight off pathogens, be it viruses, bacteria or foreign bodies causing infections and diseases.
The stronger the immune system we have, the healthier we will be. And the way out is to enrich our meals with immunity boosters, combating the seasonal sniffles. For centuries, Indian recipes are known for their generous use of spices, not only to add flavour but to nurture the immune system too. Well, it’s never too late to bolster up the immunity with a few spices lurking in the kitchen cabinet.
Before those sniffles start or you run down with a fever, power up with these natural immunity boosters:
A natural immunity booster, cinnamon has antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and anti-diabetic properties. Research shows how a dose of cinnamon helps in fighting cold and cough causing viral infections. It is a medicinal plant, which also reduces the risk of colon cancer and cardiovascular diseases. Try adding a pinch of cinnamon powder to your morning bowl of oats, smoothies, even your curries, stews and soups. Along with it, you can also add a dash of cinnamon to your masala tea for enhanced flavour and improved immunity.
A kitchen ingredient found in kitchens across the globe, ginger is rich with nutritional benefits. It contains sesquiterpenes, that helps in fighting viral fevers and colds. With its immunity-boosting properties, ginger has anti-inflammatory, anti-oxidative and antimicrobial properties too, that aids digestion, prevents nausea and helps in treating infectious diseases. This ingredient in your kitchen can be added to broth, soups, meals, and even used in tea to build the body's resistance against diseases. Boil an inch of ginger in 1 cup water, and add a spoonful of honey to soothe the throat and relieve chest congestion.
You must have seen a boost in the use of turmeric even in the west, because of its antifungal, antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. This ancient spice has proven to be an effective Ayurvedic remedy for skin conditions, wounds and even digestive issues. Turmeric also helps in building the body's natural defenses against disease-causing viruses and bacteria. Adding a spoonful of haldi or turmeric has been followed in Indian recipes, including curries, rice, soups and broths for years. Give turmeric milk with a pinch of black pepper for its immunity-boosting properties a try!
Black pepper is not only a table spice but also a health-enhancing spice having anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and antibacterial properties. Naturally high in Vitamin C, a lot of studies support that it improves digestion, prevents bacterial growth in the intestinal tract, and boosts the immune system. Try including black pepper in your meals, by sprinkling a pinch of black pepper powder over your salads, soups, stir-fries and even pasta. You can also prepare an Ayurvedic kadha, boil 3 cups of water, add a tsp of cardamom, cinnamon, ginger, black pepper, a dash of turmeric and sip it through the day to give your immunity a boost.
Quite like the above-mentioned spices, clove is another ingredient you will find in your kitchen. It has anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties, with high amounts of eugenol, a compound that helps in curing infections and inflammation. Remember, how elders chewed on cloves for relief from toothaches, this is because of their antibacterial properties that reduce the spread of bacteria in the mouth. Adding to it, cloves are rich in antioxidants, treating oral conditions like gingivitis, periodontitis and even aids digestion while minimizing dyspepsia. This spice is variably added to soups, stews, meats and even added in masala chai for its refreshing flavour and health-boosting benefits.
Add these immunity-boosters to your diet & stay healthy all year long!
By: Navreet Kaur | on 2020-08-26