Your immune system is like your personal armour. The complex system is made up of cells in your skin, blood, bone marrow, tissues, and organs that protect your body against potentially harmful pathogens (like bacteria and viruses).
To best protect your body from harm, every component of your immune system needs to perform exactly according to plan. To protect you against disease, your immune system needs to be at its most vigilant.
Luckily, there are simple home remedies that can help improve immunity and #SpiceUpYourHealth.
The Morning Cuppa
Start your morning with the simplest immunity boosting drink ever. A warm Lemon Ginger Tea is a simple, soothing, and effective immune booster that you can make in just a few minutes. Ginger is known for its medicinal properties, with research showing that it has a high level of antioxidants and antimicrobial elements.
On the other hand, lemons contain high levels of vitamin C along with strong antibacterial and antimicrobial properties, all of which will enhance your immunity and ward off illness. It’s quick to make and easy to turn into a daily, morning habit.
Another great morning drink is our traditional kadha. As spices are known to help enhance immunity, have kadha is a good way to incorporate them into the daily routine. Add cinnamon, turmeric, black pepper, and soonth powder to a cup of warm water and consume this daily for a great immunity.
Feed your Immunity
The food you eat directly affects your body’s immunity and its ability to fight back. You might have heard this a few times already but eating fruits and veggies is more important than ever before. The diverse minerals and vitamins that you get from them, directly help improve your immune system. Add fruits and veggies to soups and stews, smoothies, and salads, or eat them as snacks. Carrots, broccoli, spinach, red bell peppers, apricots, citrus fruits (such as oranges, grapefruit, tangerines), and strawberries are all great sources of vitamins A and C, while seeds and nuts will provide protein, Vitamin E, and Zinc. You can also add amla to your diet as it is rich in Vitamin C which is essential while building immunity. Consume a 30ml amla shot daily to rev up your immunity.
Spice it Up
We all know about the power of turmeric, especially in the Indian subcontinent. It is anti-inflammatory medicinal properties has made it a go-to for generations, specifically during the cold and flu season. Grab a warm glass of haldi milk along with your family, before going to bed, to improve your immune system as well as your child’s immunity. Add a pinch of pepper to your haldi milk as piperine (found in black pepper) enhances the absorption of curcumin in turmeric by 2000%. You can try Tata Sampann Haldi which contains natural oils. It comes with 3% guarantee of curcumin. Besides that, spices like clove, oregano, thyme, cinnamon, and cumin contain antiviral and antimicrobial properties. Incorporate them in your daily meals as much as possible.
The Power of Protein
Protein is also critical when we think of a home remedy to increase immunity. The amino acids in protein help build and maintain immune cells, and skimping on this macronutrient may lower your body’s ability to fight infections. Get your protein fix from eggs and meat, or beans, pulses and lentils.
Sleep it Off
Long-term stress leads to chronically elevated levels of the steroid hormone Cortisol. When cortisol levels are constantly high, it essentially blocks the immune system from kicking into gear and doing its job to protect the body against potential threats from germs like viruses and bacteria. To combat stress, both sleep and stress management are foundational for a healthy body and mind. Meditate daily, take warm baths before bed or use relaxing essential oils in order to sleep better, or simply try to get an extra hour of sleep. These mindful home remedies improve immunity, considerably.
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