Monsoon, the lovely nip in the air, hot food, and scenic beauty is a single side of monsoon, on the other side we have infectious weather, food poisoning or stomach infection. Although a great immunity helps fight all odds.
Here’s a list of 5 superfoods that can boost your immunity this season.
The Holy tulsi is scientifically, a super-herb. It is an antibiotic and its disinfectant agents, provide relief from respiratory disorders, treatment of fever, asthma, lung disorders, heart diseases and stress. A cup of tulsi tea everyday can help in reducing toxins from the body. Its advised to have tulsi infused tea or water, not to chew it, due to high mercury, it leads to tooth sensitivity.
Indian kitchen is blessed with great spices and turmeric “haldi” is the most desired spice for health. Having curcumin as active compound, it works wonders, with preventing cancer, detoxification. When combined with ghee it heals wounds and combined with milk it is the best home remedy for colds and sore throat. Adding half a teaspoon of haldi in tea acts as expectorant for cough.
Cinnamon helps fight yeast infections and treating stomach ulcers, cures chronic cough, colds and clears sinuses, which is usually common in monsoon. A pinch of cinnamon in lemon water is the best solution to stay away from common cold. This super spice has also been known to benefit diabetics in controlling blood sugar levels (who don’t have insulin). It also helps to boost metabolism and improves digestion, thus favoring weight loss. Its a heart, bone and kidney friendly spice, and is also well known for preventing cancer.
The rains often, brings us an upset stomach and bad digestive health. The polyphenols like flavonoids and catechins in green tea, works as powerful antioxidants. It helps to improve digestive health and remove toxins from the body caused by bad food and weather. If you are looking for detoxification of your body, this Antibacterial and Anti-inflammatory tea is good to go twice a day to boost immunity for general population.
Star Anise(Chakr phool)
Monsoon illnesses, give us a hard time to sleep due to body aches and flu. Very less known spice star anise, traditionally was used to treat asthma, bronchitis and dry cough. This antioxidant loaded spice boosts the immune system and aids in digestion. Star anise oil is also used for the healing of wounds, gives relief from cramps, coughs, aches and diarrhea. It’s calming properties regulates sleep (but should be used in very minimal amount). Increased bacteria during rains cause worms in children, anti-inflammatory properties of star anise can be used to eliminate intestinal worms. Add one star to your daily rice while steaming, and see the wonders!
My mom has always used her kitchen spices to treat illness. Green tea and Lemon tea with tulsi in colds and cough made me stay away from medicines. Her favourite milk concoction, with turmeric before sleep boosted my sleep and immunity. Last but not the least cinnamon and star anise made wonders with pulav.
Eat mindfully, Breathe deep, Move more and Sleep well. Happy Monsoons…