The outbreak of coronavirus(COVID 19) has created havoc across the world. Our minds are constantly plagued with the unknown fear of catching this fatal disease. Most of us are pondering on ideal ways to protect ourselves from the disease. Medical practitioners have suggested improving the immune system to keep the disease at bay. The stronger the immune system, the lesser chance of falling sick. Even you do, you will recover really fast. There are a number of immunity booster foods and drinks that can help you build up your immune system. If you don’t like eating them then at least try drinking them to support your body.
Below mentioned are a few of them for your convenience. Some might find it time-consuming to prepare these amazing immunity booster drinks, however, we promise it will be worth it.
- ½ tsp Turmeric powder
- 2 cups of milk
- 2-3 black peppercorns
- 2 tsp honey
Bring milk to a boil. Crush the peppercorns and add this along with turmeric in the milk. Let it simmer for a couple of minutes. Turn off the heat and let it sit for 10 minutes. Serve in a cup and enjoy.
Turmeric contains curcumin which has anti-inflammatory helps body ache or pains. It helps fight off cold and flu and cleanses the respiratory tract. Black pepper contains the compound piperine which aids in the absorption of turmeric.
Spiced Chai (Masala Chai)
- 2 cloves
- 1 cardamon pod
- 1 tsp grated ginger
- 2 black peppercorns
- 1-inch stick Cinnamon stick
- 2 tsp honey or any other sugar alternative
- ½ cup Milk (non-dairy or dairy depending upon preference.)
- 1 ½ cup water
Lightly crush all the spices except ginger in a mortar and pestle and keep aside. Boil water in a pan and add all the spices and ginger. Bring it to a boil and let it simmer for a couple of minutes. In a separate pan warm the milk, turn off the flame, and add it to the simmering tea. Let it simmer together for another couple of minutes. Strain and pour in a cup. Add your honey or any sugar alternative and serve hot.
Ginger is a great antiviral and anti-inflammatory. Studies suggest that fresh ginger has anti-viral activity against the human respiratory syncytial virus. Cloves, black pepper, and cinnamon, all are great aids to fight off seasonal colds and help your body stay warm. Cardamom helps relax and fortify the nervous system.
- 1 Chopped Amla
- 1 Inch Ginger stick
- 1 Chopped Carrot
- 1 Chopped Beetroot
- ½ cup Chopped Bottle gourd
Add all of them to a blender. Mix some water and blend. Strain the juice and serve topped with lemon juice and crushed black pepper.
Amla has the highest source of vitamin C which is great to increase your immune system. Bottle gourd contains many essential nutrients like vitamin b, Vitamin A, iron, potassium, etc. It is a great aid for weight loss due to its high water content and zero fat. Beetroot is rich in nitrates which the body converts into nitric oxide, essential for a healthy cardiovascular system. Carrot is a great source of vitamin A essential for healthy lungs. Ginger is a great anti-viral. This juice is not only great for your immune system but it also facilitates beautiful & glowing skin
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- 3-4 Mint leaves
- ½ inch Ginger stick
- ½ Cut Lemon slices
- 1 Bottle Filtered Water
Add ginger, mint, and lemon to the bottle first. Now top it with water. Close the bottle cap and let it sit overnight in the fridge. You can take it out from the fridge the next day and enjoy it. Mint is great to fight gas and any kind of digestive issues. Lemon is loaded with vitamin C to fight immunity. Ginger is not only an excellent anti-viral but is also a great digestive aid.
Apple Cider Honey Cayenne Pepper Bomb
- 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
- 1 heaped tsp Manuka honey
- 1 tsp lemon juice
- 1 tsp ginger juice
- ¼ tsp cinnamon powder
- A pinch of cayenne pepper
- ½ cup hot water
Place all the ingredients (except hot water) into a mug with about ¼ cup of room temperature water.
Now pour the hot water and stir. Stir all ingredients till they are well mixed.
The list of Immunity booster drinks is almost incomplete without this simple but effective immunity bomb. ACV is a great source of prebiotics and an array of nutrients that help boost immunity. Lemon juice and ginger are great to fight any cold infection in an earlier stage.
Licorice Ginger Tea
- 1 tsp Licorice powder
- 1 tsp Fresh Ginger Paste
- 1 tsp honey
- 3-4 Crushed black peppercorns
Boil water in a pan. Add all ingredients except honey. Turn off the heat. Cover the pan and let it sit for 6-8 minutes. Strain and add honey. Serve in a cup and enjoy.
Glycyrrhizin is the main active component that helps increase immunity. Black pepper helps fight off cold and cough. This is a simple and quick tea which acts as an excellent remedy in case you are suffering from a lingering cough.
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The above-mentioned immunity booster drinks are extremely easy to prepare and effective to strengthen your immunity against the harsh cold weather. Most of the ingredients are easily available on our kitchen counter so no special ingredients are needed. Not only will these drinks support your immunity but will also help cleanse your body and provide essential vitamins, which in turn will result in better-looking skin and hair. Try out any of these drinks and lets us know which one of them is your favorite.