As the third wave of the Covid-19 pandemic wreaks havoc across the country, it is important to take all precautions and stay home. The stronger your immune system is, the less likely you are to get sick. It is very important to consider what we consume. With the current situation in mind, nutrition coach Eshanka Wahi advises you to consume immunity-boosting drinks that you can make with the kitchen ingredients.
There are a variety of foods that can help boost your immune system, but if you do not like eating them, you can always drink them.
- Ginger tulsi spicy tea
Ginger is high in antioxidants and has anti-inflammatory properties that can help you stay healthy by boosting your immunity and preventing a variety of diseases. Raw honey contains phytonutrients with antibacterial and antiviral properties, which help strengthen your immune system and prevent disease.
Ingredients: 1 tablespoon grated ginger
Cinnamon 1 inch stick
1 crushed cardamom
1 teaspoon raw organic honey
A handful of tulsi leaves
1 teaspoon peppercorns
4 cups water
Method: To begin, pour 4 cups of water into a large saucepan. Add tulsi leaves, 1-inch ginger, 1-inch cinnamon, 3 pod cardamom, 1 teaspoon pepper, 2 cloves and 1-star anise. Stir well and bring to a boil for 5 minutes, or until the flavors are well absorbed. 1 teaspoon of honey is added to the tea after it has been sieved. Ginger tulsi tea is ready to drink.
- Immunity-boosting green smoothie
This juice is high in vitamin A, vitamin C, folic acid and other antioxidants that help the body fight infections and prevent inflammation. This smoothie contains 2 cups of spinach, which is high in nutrients. It is high in vitamin C which helps your immune system and it is also high in calcium which is good for your bones.
Ingredients: 1 cup kale leaves
1/2 cup mint leaves
1 cup baby spinach leaves
2 tablespoons blueberries or strawberries
1 chopped cucumber
2 tablespoons lemon juice
A pinch of black salt
Method: In a blender, combine all the ingredients with a little water to process the mixture until it is completely smooth. Divide the mixture between two or three glasses and serve immediately.
- Turmeric, cumin and caramel seeds strengthen immunity kadha
Kadha consists of dry ingredients that are combined with boiling water to extract the nutrients from the herbs. These herbs are high in natural antioxidants such as carotenoids, phenolic acids, flavonoids, alkaloids, saponins, terpenoids, polyacetylenes, coumarins and many others. Curcumin is the active ingredient in turmeric and it has anti-inflammatory, antibacterial and immune-boosting properties.
Ingredients’: ½ tsp cumin seeds
½ teaspoon grated ginger
½ teaspoon caramel seeds
5 tulsi leaves
2 pieces of cloves
½ tsp turmeric powder
Cut black pepper
Half a teaspoon of lemon juice
3 cups of water
Method: Put all the ingredients in a saucepan. Add water and bring to a boil, stirring constantly, until it is reduced to almost half. Cook for 2 minutes with the lid on. Pour it into a cup and add half a teaspoon of lemon juice. You can drink it twice a day to boost your immunity and stay healthy.
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