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One of the main causes of a lot of health problems could be leading a sedentary lifestyle during the COVID-19 pandemic. Therefore, especially during these testing times, it is very important to take care of your immunity and well-being. Even if the lockdown is over, experts also warn not to move out unnecessarily. So, here we are with a few spices that boost immunity that are easily available in your kitchen and are part of your food. These spices have properties that if consumed daily, will help improve your protection system. Take a look at 5 such elements that can be used in your daily meals.
Is there anything that turmeric can’t do? It doesn’t appear. Turmeric is an effective flu-fighter and has anti-inflammatory properties that serve as enhancers of immunity and can help the body resist viral infections. So add it at night to all your ‘tadkas’ and drink eHaldi Doodh ‘(Turmeric milk). Even haldi-ghee-pepper-jaggery balls could be made and you could eat one every day.
Tip: Just make sure you are using haldi from Salem that has intact 3 percent curcumin and natural oils.
Kasuri Methi (Fenugreek)
This lesser-known spice not only adds an amazing flavour to your dishes but is also a great source of fibre and is known to be effective in lowering cholesterol and inflammation in the body. It keeps digestion happy, which while keeping your blood sugar in check, is necessary for good immunity.
Tip: Make sure you get it correct and pick Nagaur-based superior Kasuri methi with fewer stems.
Trend: To lose weight and naturally target belly fat, drink Fenugreek water on an empty stomach.
coriander powder (Dhaniya powder)
Dhaniya powder is very good for relieving flatulence by facilitating improved bowel movement and facilitating better food digestion. This is possibly why since ancient times, it has been used extensively in our cooking. Strong gut health not only protects against cold and viruses but also helps you recover from an infection more rapidly.
Tip: Coriander powder from Madhya Pradesh’s Kumbhraj area is very healthy as it contains natural oils.
This blend of whole ground spices is full of antioxidants that help improve the body’s digestion and fight inflammation, thereby maintaining our immunity optimum. Plus, it is full of antioxidants and fights flatulence and bloating as well.
Tip: Make sure you source the garam masala which contains all of the following spices: Coriander, Turmeric, Chilli, Fennel, Black Pepper, Cumin, Salt, Ginger Powder, Mustard, Green Chilli Powder, Fenugreek (leaves), Cinnamon, Coriander (leaves), Cloves, Allspice, Asafetida, Cardamom, Mace.
Black pepper is both an antioxidant and an antibacterial agent and contributes tremendously to general well-being. It also has vitamin C, which naturally improves immunity, and works as an excellent antibiotic.
Tip: Stop compromising on the quality of the spices you buy, just buy the pepper that comes with the backing of a brand you can trust.