As we settle into the New Year and look for the right type of detox routine, it is important that we start making healthier choices. The past year has taught us the importance of boosting our immunity and in the end it all comes down to a healthy lifestyle while at the same time managing our spiritual wellbeing.
We have all heard that our dadis and nanis give us secret life hacks for every phase of life with homemade means and easily adaptable solutions. There are some common nushkhes to maintain our health and sustainable healthy lifestyle through the use of simple kitchen utensils. Here are four home remedies to help fight illness while staying true to our fitness resolutions:
Turmeric or haldi is a common cuisine that is essential in every Indian household. It is an absolutely versatile and essential ingredient when it comes to traditional and contemporary Indian diets. Older generations have always used turmeric in their diet for health reasons. Turmeric acts as a very powerful immunity booster and also prevents colds and virus flow due to its antiseptic and antiviral properties. It also improves the status of rheumatoid arthritis, psoriasis, etc. due to its anti-inflammatory properties.
One can easily incorporate turmeric or an Ayurvedic immunity blend by making our father’s favorite, Haldi Waala Doodh (turmeric latte / golden milk). You can also sip turmeric tea (1 cup of water, 1 teaspoon of turmeric powder, and ½ teaspoon of black pepper powder) to help fight colds and recover healthily.
100% pure or organic honey – NMR tested
Honey is a natural ingredient that is widely used as an alternative to sugar for weight loss, immunity boost, and skin rejuvenation. While the benefits are well known, it is equally important for us to review and review honey purity standards in order to reap its benefits, especially since adulteration is such a big problem. We should always pay attention to the NMR-approved label, i.e. the nuclear magnetic resonance technology which ensures that certain honey has passed a test that guarantees several quality checks and filtration levels to remove any type of impurities and a 100% pure and tasty honey to ensure. NMR is considered the gold standard for testing honey adulteration.
Honey is also beneficial because it is high in vitamins and phenolic compounds like flavanols, flavones, and benzoic acid, which provide antioxidants. Honey in its purest form has an antifungal and antibacterial effect, helping to fight infections. Honey is such a versatile ingredient that you can have it with your morning green tea with turmeric latte or in immunity boost shots by adding a teaspoon of honey to a glass of warm water, a few drops of lemon and a half inch of ginger, ¼ teaspoon turmeric and a pinch of black pepper to protect against various viral infections. It can also be used in various sweets, breakfast cereals with milk, warm water, and a pinch of lemon as a natural sweetener to keep you updated.
Dates keep your body warm and these cold days are the perfect time to add dates to your diet. Dates have traditionally always been viewed as a rich source of nutrients with many potential health benefits. They are high in health-protecting antioxidants and will also give you that much-needed boost of energy. Just pour a few drops of warm ghee on dates and have two dates a day to stay healthy and avoid viral infections. Dates can also be used as a sweetener in a variety of recipes, including smoothies, energy balls, oatmeal, and overnight oats.
Gooseberries or amla
Winters are always tough on our immune system. Amla, also known as Indian gooseberry, is the richest source of vitamin C and contains many other vitamins and minerals. Did you know that the vitamin C in one amla is equivalent to the vitamin C content of two oranges?
Amla has been shown to be effective in controlling blood sugar and cholesterol levels. Amla works as a really good immunity booster to keep you away from viral coughs, colds, and flu.
Amle ka murabba, chutney, and juices are some of the most popular dadi recipes in most Indian households. When combined with honey and ashwagandha, amla is also an excellent immunity and energy booster. Dried amla is as good as fresh amla because it contains substances that partially protect vitamin C from being destroyed when heated or dried.
One should try to incorporate these simple yet powerful ingredients into our daily routines to help change sustainable lifestyles and stay healthy in 2021. Let’s find more innovative ways to incorporate these nushkhes into our modern diet for staying strong while maintaining our fitness regime.
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