Top 5 Immunity Boosting Drinks

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Immunity boosting drinks: “NATURE HAS A PLAN” and maybe nature knew that a tiny cell which is only visible in the electron microscope and is on the verge of living and the non-living organism would be enough to make humans (who are considered to be the most advanced species on earth) know the worth of their amazing immunity system and the blessings of Ayurveda. 

Besides the advanced medical science and the hard work of the scientists who won over many such pathogens, the basic and first line of defence was always our immunity and the capacity of our body. Unfortunately, technology and fast city life almost made it impossible to think and feel what we are eating, how we are breathing and what our body actually wants. Despite the destructive nature of the pandemic, it highlighted that the only warrior is our immune system and the best we can do is enhance its power, detox our body and survive. 

In this article, we will be providing 5 easy DIY immunity boosting drinks, detox the body and aid with other health benefits to combat chronic and contagious diseases. 

The Golden Milk:

Immunity boosting drinks: A cup of golden milk
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India has the greatest blessings and the name of the blessing is AYURVEDA. The Golden milk or Haldi-Dudh is one of the excellent immunity boosting drinks, which is an infusion of edible turmeric powder and milk. It’s an age-old ayurvedic remedy followed by our great grandmothers and their successors and given as a general home remedy during cold cough, joint pains, shocks or trauma etc. 

INGREDIENTS:

  1. Milk: 1 glass
  2. Turmeric powder: ½ teaspoon 
  3. Dried Ginger powder: ½ teaspoon
  4. Black Pepper: a pinch

PREPARATION:

  • Boil the milk in a clean utensil 
  • Add turmeric to the boiling milk, ginger powder, pepper powder
  • Serve it warm

NUTRITION CHECKS:

Turmeric:

  • detoxifies harmful drugs and toxins
  • Increases gastric juice and reduces stomach irritation
  • Antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and anti-carcinogenic property
  • NIN suggests it has a potent anticancer agent
  • curcumin, the component present in turmeric has been reported to reduce cholesterol levels in high cholesterol patients.
  • Studies prove that turmeric can be a potential component against Alzheimer’s. Because it improves brain hormones responsible for neuron growth and fights against degenerative processes of the brain.

Milk:  

  • Extensive sources of proteins, calcium, vitamin B12, vitamin D. also a good source of vitamin A, zinc, vitamin B1 etc. 
  • Effective bone health as it is one of the richest sources of calcium. Also reduces joint pains.
  • Vitamin D which is important for respiratory health is present in abundance in milk
  • It helps to improve a sore throat and reduces stress or shocks.
  • It maintains body homeostasis. Thus, when someone gets cold out of nervousness, warm milk is suggested.
  • Strengthens the immune system and boosts metabolism.

AYURVEDIC IMPORTANCE: 

  • >Haridra( in Sanskrit) or turmeric has balancing properties for 3 doshas or tri-doshic. The heat balancing property or Vata, the dryness property or kapha, and the bitter taste balance Kapha or Pitta.
  • >Turmeric has a known effect to aid the “agni-dipana” or the digestive fire, that is, the ability of good digestion. Stress, anxiety, frustration can slow down the process or fire(Agni) of digestion metabolism. Turmeric can help to do away with the problem.
  • >Milk, on the other hand, is a sacred ingredient in Ayurveda which has a cooling effect and promotes Ojas or happiness. 
  • >Ayurveda suggests that there are some ways to consume milk. One of them is, it should be consumed a little warmer than cold or chilled milk.

Kadha:

A cup of Kadha
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A very known home remedy for blessing your body with the perks of Indian spices is kadha. This is an amalgamation of various spices and herbs which increases the tolerance power of your body, removes toxins and rejuvenates the cell. 

INGREDIENTS: 

  1. tulsi: 5to6 pcs
  2. Green cardamom: 2to3 pcs
  3. Black pepper: ¼ teaspoon
  4. Ginger: 5gms
  5. Cloves: 3to4 gms
  6. Bay leaves: 1pc
  7. Jaggery: ½ teaspoon
  8. Turmeric: ½ teaspoon
  9. Water: 1 cup

PREPARATION:

  • Take a utensil and pour the water to boil
  • Add all the ingredients one by one at a time
  • Boil them together
  • Filter it in a small cup
  • Serve it warm. 

NUTRITION CHECKS:

Tulsi:

  • In Ayurveda, it’s called the Queen of Herbs. It has an amazing healing property.
  • It’s beneficial to use tulsi to cure respiratory disorders like common cold cough etc. 
  • Acts as an appetizer and aids in the gut mechanism. Cures skin disorder, a stress reliever, overall one of the great immunity boosting drinks.

Cardamom:

  • Helps with digestion
  • Relieves nausea, vomiting and discomfort

Black Pepper: 

  • Fights with free radicals and acts as a good antioxidant
  • Helps in nutrients absorption

Ginger:

  • Anti-inflammatory antioxidant property
  • Relieves from sore throat and the common cold

Cloves:

  • Anti-inflammatory properties
  • Antibacterial properties

Jaggery: 

  • Iron-rich and natural sweetener 
  • Acts as a detox 

Turmeric:

  • Antioxidant and anti-inflammatory
  • Detoxifying property.

AYURVEDIC IMPORTANCE: 

  • >Tulsi is called the “Mother Medicine of Nature” in Ayurveda. It is said to penetrate deep into our cells and tissues and cures the Vata and the Kapha
  • >Studies show that tulsi is anti-bacterial, anthelmintic, antiprotozoal, antiviral, antiviral etc.
  • >Ginger is known for its analgesic and anti-inflammatory behaviour

>According to Ayurveda, the toxins or Ama blocks the normal circulation of the body. The heating effect of cardamom can clear these toxins and help us to attain an optimal level of health.

Herb Tea:

Immunity booster: A cup of Herb Tea
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The knowledge of Ayurveda is present in every house of this country. And the age-old culture also included the plantation of many medicinal herbs and shrubs in the backyard or lawn of the house. A very traditional homemade beverage, another one of the immunity boosting drinks, is the herb tea which comprises some herbs and is much beneficial.

INGREDIENTS: 

  1. Mint leaves
  2. Lemongrass
  3. Tulsi
  4. Rosemary leaves
  5. Thyme leaves
  6. Sage leaves
  7. Cardamom, ginger
  8. Honey/jaggery

PREPARATIONS: 

  • Take a cup of water in a clean utensil to boil
  • Add the ingredients in fresh(2 tbsp) form or dried(1tbsp) form and allow to steep it for 10-15 mins. 
  • Strain the pale green coloured extract and add a tablespoon of honey/jaggery for sweetness. Any form of cream/milk shouldn’t be added.

NUTRITION CHECKS:

  • The essential oils have a characteristic aroma which uplifts our mood and enhances the taste.
  • They are rich in antioxidants, phytochemicals and reduce bad cholesterols.

AYURVEDIC IMPORTANCE:

  • >The mint leaves or Pudina are used to heal gut disorders, IBS, stress, common cold and sore throat etc.
  • >In Ayurveda, mint is said to help to clear the head or “Shiro virechana”. it can also be taken while inhaling steam.
  • >Thyme has antiseptic property and thus it is used as astringent, anthelmintic, carminative etc.
  • >Rosemary or Rujamari  in Ayurveda is another herb that has anti-inflammatory, stress and depression relieving, pain-relieving properties 

Ginger-Turmeric-Tulsi Tea:

A cup of Ginger-Turmeric-Tulsi Tea
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A morning tea with the perks of herbs and spices, an excellent type of immunity boosting drinks. A natural way to keep your body boosted and warm. 

INGREDIENTS: 

  • Ginger: chopped ½ teaspoon
  • Turmeric: 1 teaspoon 
  • Tulsi: 5 to 6 pcs
  • Honey: to taste

PREPARATIONS: 

  • Boil water in a clean pan 
  • Add all the ingredients one by one at a time
  • Strain the tea into a mug.
  • Add honey for taste

NUTRITION CHECKS:

  • Helps to prevent cold, flu, infection etc.
  • Helps to detoxify 

AYURVEDIC IMPORTANCE:

  • >To the Ayurvedic application, it is used to purify our blood, cure skin problems and also has an antibacterial property, hence used in cuts and wounds.
  • >In Ayurveda Tulsi is widely used for her diversifying properties like anti-pyretic, anti-coagulant, neuroprotective, radioprotective, chemoprotective,anti-asthmatic, anti-ulcer etc.
  • >Ginger has been suggested to be effective against inflammation and chronic ailments like osteoarthritis and rheumatism etc. 
  • >The warmth of the drink also regulates the body temperature, all the above ingredients are good weapons to fight respiratory ailments according to Ayurveda.

Badam Milkshake:

Immunity booster: Badam milk shake
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Something yummy and also nutritious not only improves our immunity but also uplifts our mood, fills our tummy in this pandemic. A little variant to your can be a delicious milkshake with almonds, nuts and so more.

INGREDIENTS: 

  • Milk 
  • Crushed Almonds
  • Crushed Cashew nuts
  • Vanilla essence
  • Banana slices
  • Crushed dates

PREPARATIONS: 

  • Add milk and the ingredients in a blender 
  • Blend it thoroughly
  • Pour it on a glass and garnish it with some crushed pesta badam and serve it.

NUTRITION CHECKS:

  • Milk is an excellent source of protein, vitamins like Vitamin D and minerals like calcium
  • Nuts and almonds are good sources of PUFA which provides good fats beneficial for the heart.
  • Dates add on the sweetness and are rich in iron.
  • Banana gives smoothness and provides calories.

India is blessed to have one of the richest sources of Ayurveda which the western world is trying to know. The importance is hidden in every plant and herb of our motherland and the active ingredients remove toxins and cases of flu, rejuvenates our body and acts as immunity boosting drinks. Research is still going on the health beneficiaries of spices and herbs for a sustainable future ahead.

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