As the second wave of the coronavirus pandemic is creating havoc across the country, staying home and taking all the precautionary measures has become more important than ever before. Chances are, the ones who have a stronger immune system will be better equipped to deal with infections. So, here are some easy and quick-to-prepare homemade drinks that will not just keep you fit and healthy but also protect and strengthen your overall immune system.
Turmeric is enriched with curcumin which is an excellent antioxidant and inflammatory agent. Not only does this ingredient boost digestion but also works wonders for your skin by delaying premature ageing. All you need to do is boil turmeric powder, black pepper, lemon juice or unfiltered apple cider vinegar, and water. For the best outcome, consume this shot on an empty stomach every morning.
There’s barely any Indian household that isn’t a lover of masala tea. And for an immunity booster drink as well, the ingredients used are all available in the kitchen easily. Masala tea is not only anti-inflammatory and anti-microbial but is also rich in compounds that avert infections. Simply boil grated ginger, cloves, cardamoms, peppercorns, and tulsi leaves in a cup of water for 30 minutes. For a little sweetness, add a teaspoon of honey and drink it up. You’ll notice how refreshing this tea tastes!
Homemade kadhas are being prepared at Indian homes since time immemorial. Typically, an immunity-boosting kadha requires nothing more than common kitchen ingredients such as cinnamon, cloves, basil, caroms seeds, black pepper, and turmeric. You may even add jaggery or honey for bringing up the sweet taste. This kadha is extremely beneficial to fight cough and cold, and also helps fight the respiratory disorder.
Kanji is a natural probiotic drink that is known for warding off a respiratory infection. Probiotics have time and again proved to be of help in boosting our immune system and increase the production of natural antibodies. To make kanji, take some mustard seeds, chopped carrots, chopped beetroot, salt, and water. Combine these ingredients and let it sit in a glass jar placed in a sunny space for a week or two. Allow it to ferment and strain before consuming. If you like to have it cold, keep it for cooling in the refrigerator.
We are all fans of a chilled smoothie, but how about a healthier version that includes some mango, spinach, lemon juice, pineapple, ginger, and almond milk or yoghurt? This nutritious smoothie is rich in vitamin A, vitamin C, and folic acid that prevent inflammation and help the system fight infections. Garnish the smoothie with some dried nuts and serve it cold.
The things you need to strengthen your immune system are well within your reach. So gather up the ingredients and consume these drinks whilst staying home and safe.