Winter has stepped in and it’s common to catch the flu, have respiratory problems, get a cold or cough, joint pains and sometimes even weight gain. The reason for being susceptible to these health issues is primarily because of a weak immune and digestive system. In order to tackle this, CARER Program has shortlisted a few super foods and their home remedies that you can add to your diet starting now.
Natural foods to stay healthy
1. Ginger: To combat a cold, cough, nausea, bloating or just a stomach cleanse, use ginger as a flavouring agent or an ingredient in all your recipes. Ginger root also acts as a natural immune booster by providing a good amount of probiotics.
In the kitchen: Boil water with ginger, filter it and add some honey after it cools. It has a anti-inflammatory properties and protects us from the rhinovirus which is the reason for a cold.
2. Amla: Amla is said to be the powerhouse of nutrients and is rich in vitamin C.
In the kitchen: Do you have a cold and cough? Mix two tablespoons of amla with two tablespoons of honey and have it three to four times a day.
3. Turmeric: Turmeric has multiple benefits as it acts as an anti-viral, anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, anti-inflammatory and a natural immune booster. There are more and more studies proving turmeric’s (curcumin) beneficial properties for cancer.
In the kitchen: For healthy skin, mix turmeric , honey, milk and apply it to the skin. It also helps in reducing weight and other respiratory illnesses.
For an immune boost: Mix a teaspoon of turmeric with a pinch of black pepper and a tablespoon of cold pressed coconut oil. (turmeric is absorbed to a much greater extent in the body, when mixed with a medium chain fatty acid such as coconut oil).
4. Cinnamon: Cinnamon relieves congestion in the throat and nose. It is great for digestion as well.
In the Kitchen: To get relieved by a cold and cough, boil a cinnamon stick in water and inhale the vapour.
5. Jaggery: Jaggery is the best immune booster and also keeps your body warm by controlling the body temperature. Jaggery is packed with minerals and is a healthy alternative to sugar.
In the kitchen: Use jaggery as a substitute to sugar in all your foods.
6. Garlic: Garlic helps the body to fight infection and detox the blood. It’s used to treat bronchitis and lung infections.
In the kitchen: Plain garlic syrup can be taken, which strengthens your immunity and also acts as an anti-inflammatory.
7. Honey: Honey is a natural substitute for other sweeteners and contains a lot of medicinal property. It contains antioxidants, fights infections and gives a soothing effect to the throat.
In the kitchen: Drinking honey with warm water on an empty stomach builds immunity and stimulates the digestive system.
8. Citrus fruits: Rich in vitamin C.
In the kitchen: Keep a vitamin C rich fruit in your fruit basket at all times. The peel can be used as a facial cleanser.
9. Coconut oil: Cold pressed coconut oil is anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial. It also helps stimulate metabolism and the digestive system.
In the kitchen: Use coconut oil to cook your food. You don’t have to use too much if you don’t find the taste pleasant.
One tablespoon of coconut oil on an empty stomach is great for digestion and boosting immunity. Mix with turmeric and a pinch of black pepper and you have an elixir!
10. Root Vegetables: Root vegetables such as pumpkin, squash, sweet potatoes, yams are very grounding and wholesome for the body during the winter month. The body craves such foods to protect itself from falling sick.
In the kitchen: These vegetables taste delicious as broths or soups.
Stay warm, eat these nutritious foods, keep moving, relax and have a wonderful winter. To know more about CARER, click here.