There is a new schedule in our lives now days – Getup, wash your hands or sanitize, sleep and repeat the same things. Though we are ticking off all the mandatory checkpoints of hygiene and social distancing we should also fortify our body’s firewalls against any viable virus attack.
Till date Covid-19 corona virus pandemic has no cure but our mothers like to think otherwise. Though it has not been proven that traditional herbs or other varieties of foods can actually cure corona virus – but in Indian culture these have been used since centuries to cure respiratory illnesses and boost the immune system. Here are a few simple ingredients which can be kept handy in boosting your immunity.
Can Attack Bacteria and Viruses
Turmeric, rich in anti-inflammatory properties contains active compound curcumin is scientific proven to boost immunity and has variety of health benefits. Coconut oil has antiviral properties that can attack a variety of bacteria and viruses. According to Ayurveda, Garlic and Guduchi are nectar-like plants and considered as immuno-modulatory.
Amla (Indian Gooseberry) is an excellent source of Vitamin C and hence helps to boost your immunity. Tulsi leafs (holy Basil) is helpful in combating flu like symptoms and Suva Bhaji (Dill leaves) is another rich source of vitamin C. Ayurveda also recommends the names of Ashwagandha, Mulethi (Liquorice), ginger, black pepper and Alsi (flax seeds) as immunity boosters.
Now famous throughout the world as ‘Golden milk’ is a beverage containing hot milk, turmeric and black pepper blended together and if acceptable a pinch of ginger on proportionate basis. Saffron, cardamom, cinnamon and cloves with turmeric can be taken in the form of tea. Kahwa is a mild green tea with fragrance and brewed with whole spices, saffron & almonds is sure to boost immunity. Our unofficial national beverage ‘Ginger tea’ has enough taste and goodness in it.
Magic of Indian Curry
Our Indian curry is anti-inflammatory, anti- carcinogenic and anti-viral. True magic of the Indian curry lies in its base. In fact, most Indian dishes have the same base of onion, tomatoes and garlic in common and after adding one source of fat – coconut oil or ghee and sautéed with Indian spices such as turmeric and black pepper, this becomes a powerful combination for boosting immunity.
Kadhi, a well-liked lunch recipe across most Indian homes is brilliantly nutritious and sublimely sumptuous. Not only is it easy to make but is made of yogurt which has the potential ability to boost immune functioning.
Yogurt is made of bacteria known to increase the natural killer cells in the body. This nutrient infused food is packed with calcium and vitamin D as well & helpful in regulating the immune system and prepping the body’s natural defences. Not forgetting the simple yet delicious curd rice, it is nothing but curd (yogurt) mixed with cooked rice, herbs and then tempered.
Buttermilk – a classic Indian drink made with yogurt, black salt and roasted cumin is best when served chilled though avoid using ice cubes.
Boost Your Immunity with Rasam
Another ideal cuisine is the spicy and tangy ‘Rasam’. A traditional recipe packed with herbs such as garlic, pepper, cumin, mustard seeds and coriander, is used as treatment against flu and strengthening the immune system. Best served with rice or as soup a ladle full will surely give you a refreshing taste. To get the authentic and aromatic Rasam right in the first attempt, call your friends from down South and they may amaze you with different its varieties.
We, Indians take our food very seriously, considering the complete Indian Thali (a metal plate) as a piece of art and to complete this painting a varied palate of chutneys is served according to the prevalent season. Some famous chutney are ripe papaya chutney, mint leaf and coriander chutney with a drop of lemon in it, coconut chutney with curry leaves or the sweet tamarind chutney. Each one has a different usage though benefits extracted from them are same-boosting immunity.
Almond a rich source of vitamin E is majorly used in a great deal of Indian desserts. Vitamin E is very crucial for the healthy working of the immune system.
Badam halwa is an indulgence which you can afford once in a while and if you switch sugar with healthy options of dates, you can satiate your sweet tooth guilt free. Chopped almonds are also sprinkled over other desserts to get the necessary crunch and colour.
Last but not the least; refreshments are served to complete any Indian meal. These refreshments are digestive aids or after meal bites which are widely used as mouth fresheners. But these can also contain a mix of flax seeds and chia seeds, along with fennel which are considered a sure way of invigorating your immune mechanism.
From starters and appetizers to main course and desserts our Indian cuisine has a lot to offer not just in terms of taste but in nutrition as well. Our ancestors were intelligent people connecting these super foods with seasons prevailing at any point of time.
Consuming these foods in the correct seasons would ensure immunity and other benefits. They completely hit the bull’s eye with these cultured foods as they do keep our guts healthy by nurturing our bodies
Writing Credits: Ridhim Khandelwal