The winters have already arrived in the city bringing along with them winter ailments like flu, cold, chest congestion, running noses and other common seasonal allergies. However, you may also find yourself with the symptoms if you do not take care of yourself. Those with a weak immune system will get a cold quicker than someone who is healthy. Making sure you dress warmly in cold weather will also help prevent the common cold. Coughing, aching, runny nose and fever are just a few of the side effects that one may have to endure when getting with the common cold. You may also find yourself with a sore throat and headache. It’s a little change in your diet that can save you from those countless trips to the doctor’s clinic. Consuming herbal teas like tulsi and lemon tea to avoid flu as both the ingredients are rich in antioxidants and vitamin-C that protect you from cough and cold, boosting the body’s immune system. Many other natural fruits, spices and herbs like amla, clove, jaggery, nuts and dry fruits also help in keeping the body warm . “Dairy products like milk, cheese, butter and non-vegetarian foods such as egg and meat are also rich in protein that increase thermogenisis (production of heat) in the body. A majority of winter ailments occur due to a weak immune system. Exposing the body to adequate sunlight can also improve immunity as it has vitamin -D. Milk products especially curd is highly rich in antibiotics and probiotics and should be consumed in winters as well. “Herbs and spices like cinnamon, mulethi (calamus), black-pepper and clove are effective in curing winter flu. Almonds soaked in water overnight are also very healthy and provide warmth to the body during winters.
Home remedies and safeguard yourself from diseases in this winter season:-
Herbl Tulsi Tea:-
Ingredients:- 6 tulsi leaves, 2 lemon chunks, 2 tbs tea leaves, 10 gm ginger, 1 tbps sugar.
Method:- Boil 1 cup water, add tea, sugar, ginger and tulsi leaves. Brew the tea for 10 minutes, pour it in the serving cup and finally add lemon juice and serve the tea hot.
Joshanda Shrub Milk:-
Ingredients:- 3 sticks Calamus (Mulethi), 4 clove, 4 cinnamon, 2 tbps sugar, 2 tbps tea leaves, 1/2 tbps black pepper powder.
Method:- Pour 1 cup milk and 1 cup water in a pan. Add calamus, clove, cinnamon, tea leaves and sugar. Heat the mixture till it is reduced to 1 cup. Pour in a glass, sprinkle black pepper powder and top with tulsi leaves.
Ingredients:- 3 pieces calamus (mulethi), 5 cinnamon sticks, 5 cloves, 4 black pepper, 3 cardamoms, 2 cup milk.
Method:- Pour milk in a pan, boil for 5 min, and add all the spices. Add a little sugar. Heat for 5 more min and serve hot.