Monsoon brings in some much-needed respite from the scorching heat of the summer. However, even though monsoon graces us with beautiful weather, it also raises the chances of falling sick with illnesses ranging from upset stomach, flu, cold, and cough.
It is largely due to a week immune system that our bodies play host to bacteria that cause illnesses. Moreover, with the humid climate, there is a rapid growth of bacteria in our food, water, and air, making situations only worse.
During such times, it’s wise to eat the right kinds of food to boost your immunity and prevent monsoon illnesses. Having said that, immunity cannot be built up in a single day or a week. But the good news is that by eating the right kind of food and by being physically and mentally fit, you can develop a strong immune system over a period of time.
Another great news is that you don’t have to look too far to find the ideal ingredients for your body. A quick search in your kitchen and you will find all the right spices that can fortify your immunity. Listed below are five essential spices you can add to your daily diet today.
One of the most potent and easily available spices, turmeric originates from the root of a flowering plant of the ginger family. It has bee known for its medicinal properties for almost 4,500 years. It possesses an active compound known as curcumin that exhibits anti-inflammatory properties and can aid in boosting immunity. It can also relieve digestion and tummy issues.
Add a dash of turmeric to your dal, rice dishes, and curries or simply add it to a glass of warm milk to boost your immunity system.
Available either powdered, crushed, or whole, black pepper is an incredible spice, loaded with carminative properties. It can relieve intestinal gas issues and stomach ailments. It also has anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory, anti-oxidant, fever reduction properties, and will do a great job of strengthening your immune system.
From sandwiches, soups, salads, Kadha, curries, and masala chai, you can add this delicious spice to almost anything.
Found in the inner bark of the cinnamon tree, this is another spice that is rich in antioxidants and can provide your body with ample amounts of iron, fiber, calcium, and manganese. It has anti-fungal and anti-viral properties that can help fight infections and heal tissues that are damaged.
Add it in your pudding, rice dishes, or simply drink a glass of cinnamon tea to keep your immunity strong and body healthy.
One of the most ubiquitous spices in the kitchen all around the world, ginger is packed with nutritional properties that are great for building up your immunity. It has more than a hundred active compounds like zerumbone, sesquiterpenes, oleoresins, and zingerone to name a few. Ginger’s anti-oxidative and anti-inflammatory properties can aid in digestion, treat infections, and infuse your body with immunity-boosting compounds.
Add it to almost all your lunch and dinner meals. Ginger, when added with honey, can also heal soar throat and cough. You can even make ginger tea by combining honey, lemon, and some fresh pieces of ginger. You will find this drink quite soothing, especially during the monsoon.
5) Hing (Asafoetida)
Hing is another excellent spice that can boost your immunity system due to its antibiotic, anti-viral properties, and anti-inflammatory properties. It is also great in relieving an upset stomach, which is usually a common illness during the monsoons. Furthermore, it can effectively treat other stomach conditions such as IBS, bloating, gas, and indigestion.
Make sure to add more than a pinch of Hing to your dal, curries, and other delicacies.
I hope you have gained some valuable and noteworthy insights from this article. By making these appetizing spices a part of your everyday diet, you will keep your body healthy, immunity strong, and stay clear from infections during the monsoons.