Beat Omicron With These Immunity Boosting Drinks | Health
Your diet and fitness routine play an important role in your overall health. In the midst of the third wave of the pandemic triggered by the Omicron variant, the need to strengthen your natural defense mechanism is even more important. Adding the right ingredients to your diet in addition to eating timely meals, exercise, good sleep, hydration, and holistic practices like yoga and meditation can give your immune system a huge boost.
Spices like cinnamon, turmeric, cloves, pepper, mustard, coriander, cardamom, cumin and black pepper are recommended by Ayurveda experts to boost immunity. Although eating them daily can be very beneficial in preventing Covid and during recovery from infection, sometimes we don’t know how to add them to our diet.
There are different ways to get them. You can flavor your curries or add them to your milk and coffee. Spices are no longer boring when making interesting drinks like Cinnamon Flavored Chocolate Milk, Turmeric Latte, Tulsi Tea, Chai Masala and other herbal teas.
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Here are drink recipes you can enjoy to boost your immunity, suggested by Kanika Malhotra, celebrity nutritionist, weight loss expert and founder of Health Astronomy.
1. Turmeric Latte
Turmeric has an active compound called curcumin which has an anti-inflammatory effect on the body and provides a good defense system against disease. Having a turmeric latte is one option to give your immunity a super boost.
How to do it
Boil two tablespoons of water, two tulsi leaves and once it reaches half the amount, add 200ml of milk to it.
Add 1 small piece of cinnamon and freshly cut turmeric (do not powder), 1 elaichi, 1 clove, 2 saffron kesar strands and 1 black peppercorn. Boil 7-8 min over low heat.
2. Halim seed drink or aliv
The long lost immunity booster, it is also known as garden cress, aliv seed or halim seed. This superfood may support overall health and well-being by providing nutritional loads. These tiny seeds are packed with iron, protein, fiber, vitamin A, vitamin C, calcium, and folate.
How to do it
You can soak 5-6 seeds overnight in 1 cup of water and drink them empty on your stomach. You can also mix them with yogurt or buttermilk.