Preventing infection with the Omicron variant that is known to evade vaccine immunity and past infections is certainly not an easy task. Experts advise people to boost their immune system as it is considered our first line of defense to fight off the highly mutated strain and reduce the risk of infection.
Many of us can suffer from low immunity due to work stress, not eating timely and nutritious meals, and sleeping at late hours. It’s time to make the right changes to our lifestyle and incorporate foods that are powerful antioxidants and help boost our respiratory system and overall immunity.
“Building immunity doesn’t mean buying expensive supplements. You can boost your immunity with the basic natural foods that might already be in your kitchen. Simple, balanced meals cooked the right way with the right quality of ingredients, oils, a variety of spices, and as part of nature are effective immunity boosters on their own.They can also help soothe the inflammation in our body, which goes along with the immunity,” says Luke Coutinho, Holistic Lifestyle Coach – Integrative Medicine and Lifestyle and Founder of YouCare – All About YOU by Luke Coutinho.
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Here are 5 Homemade Immunity Boosting Drinks You Must Try for Stronger Immunity
1. Ginger Apple Cider Vinegar Lollipop
Omicron mainly affects our upper respiratory system and to strengthen it and fight the virus it is important to have ginger and milder apple cider vinegar. It can be easily done at home.
“Ginger and apple cider vinegar are good for boosting immunity in the body. While ginger contains sesquiterpene chemicals that fight cold viruses, apple cider vinegar contains bacteria and prebiotics that are beneficial for immunity and prevent respiratory infections,” says Dr. Siddhant Bhargava, Fitness and Nutrition Scientist, Co-Founder – Food Darzee.
How to do it
There are many ways to prepare this drink. The most effective way is to add ginger to boiling water for five minutes, then take a bowl and add lemon, a teaspoon of fresh ginger juice and a teaspoon of vinegar. Apple cider. Mix well and sprinkle with cayenne pepper before drinking.
2. Turmeric root tea
Adding turmeric to your diet can provide the body with a good defense against disease. Turmeric root tea can be very effective for early cold symptoms like sore throat. Turmeric has high anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties. Rich in antioxidants, drinking this concoction will keep you warm.
“The best time to treat a cold is to watch and act at the first signs. These warning signs can differ from person to person. In most cases, a cold usually starts with a headache. throat and is then followed by headaches, chills, lethargy and possibly a stuffy or runny nose. Drink a hot cup of this as the cold weather sets in and feel the magic for yourself,” says Coutinho.
How to do it
● 2 cups boiling water
● 1 inch fresh turmeric root
● ½ teaspoon ground pepper
● Raw honey (according to taste)
Add an inch of fresh turmeric root and ½ teaspoon of pepper powder to two cups of boiling water. Reduce it by half and turn off the heat. Drizzle with raw honey if needed and drink hot.
3. Granola Fruit Smoothie
A granola fruit smoothie is a protein-rich drink that contains ingredients like granola, cinnamon, yogurt, banana, flax seeds, and honey.
“The combination of cinnamon and honey gives this drink a natural immunity booster effect. Rich in protein and fiber, flaxseed is also enriched with omega-3 fatty acids good for the heart and the management of cholesterol,” says Dr. Bhargava.
How to do it
Combine flaxseeds with granola, bananas, cinnamon and honey to create a delicious and exceptionally healthy, uplifting and rejuvenating smoothie.
4. All in One Magic Potion
Mucus, a sticky material is produced by our nose and sinuses to trap bacteria, viruses and other allergens. It is important to expel this accumulation of mucus. This all-in-one potion can help you do just that and help you detoxify, which is important for our immunity.
“Having top-notch respiratory function is more important than ever right now. With the lifestyle most of us live, there is excessive mucus buildup in the lungs and airways. So As mucus is part of our body’s defense mechanism, too much of it can also create the perfect environment for viruses and bacteria to grow in. Thus, the expulsion of excess mucus buildup becomes necessary.This tea does that job. Powerful expectorants like tulsi, cardamom and fenugreek seeds help loosen mucus and excess phlegm,” says Coutinho.
How to do it
● 1 tablespoon of methi seeds
● 10 g of fresh tulsi leaves or 1 tablespoon of dried tulsi.
● 2 cardamom/elaichi pods (green)
● 1 to 2 teaspoons saunf/fennel seeds
Boil all of the above in 1 liter of water. Reduce it to 500 ml of water. Strain and sip warm
Homemade kadha can help boost your immunity against infections and improve gut health.
“A favorite in India since ancient times, we must all have heard the word Kadha, and many of us may not be fans of it, but it is important to know that homemade Kadha is one of the concoctions Ayurvedic remedies that are essential for boosting health and immunity,” says Dr. Bhargava.
How to do it
This most sought after drink in the past two years is made by boiling cooking ingredients such as basil, carom seeds, black pepper and turmeric etc. in water. In addition to boosting immunity, Kadha also relaxes the body, decreases body temperature, improves skin quality, strengthens stomach health, etc.