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Support your immune system during the monsoon with these 5 tonics

Published on:10 July 2021, 12:00pm IST
Here are five tonics to stay protected from infections and strengthen your immune system during the monsoon season.
Aayushi Gupta
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Strengthen your immune system during the monsoon with these tonics. Image courtesy: Shutterstock
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Who doesn’t want rock-solid immunity—especially at this time? Boosting immunity is even more important now, because the third wave of novel coronavirus is likely to hit India. In fact, the monsoon season makes it difficult to stay healthy and fine. Because in this season, we all become more vulnerable to infections, which can take a toll on our immune system. The point is you cannot let that happen!

But what can you really do? There are numerous methods such as home remedies, exercising, eating fruits and vegetables, healthy nutrients, and much more. These things can help us to boost immunity, thereby helping us stay protected from illnesses.

Today, we’re here to reveal a few DIY tonics, which can minimize the risk of weather-related infections and boost immunity.

Here they are:
1. Ginger, lemon, and honey tea

One of the most-loved ingredients found in Indian cuisine is adrak or ginger. There’s really nothing that ginger tea can’t do! That’s exactly why it finds a place in the kitchen. You could add ginger and honey to your ginger tea, as it will not just add to the overall taste, but will also turn your drink into a powerhouse of immunity-boosting nutrients. 

Ginger contains antioxidants and antibacterial properties, lemon provides vitamin C (one of the most essential nutrients to boost immunity) and honey helps soothe a sore throat.

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Boost immunity with the power of ginger. Image courtesy: Shutterstock
Here’s how to make it:
  1. Thinly slice fresh ginger;
  2. In a saucepan, combine the ginger with one cup of fresh water;
  3. Bring the mixture to a boil over high heat and add one tablespoon of lemon juice and honey;
  4. Simmer for five minutes, and your tea is ready.

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2. Kashaya 

During the monsoon season, colds and coughs are pretty common! To prevent yourself from seasonal ailments, try kashaya. Kashayam or kashaya is a healthy and immunity-boosting drink. It is easy to make and at the same time, helps to prevent cold, cough, throat infections, and also boosts your immunity. 

Here’s how to make it:
  1. Dry roast coriander, cumin, and fennel seeds in a 4:2:1 ratio, along with one tablespoon black peppercorn seeds.
  2. Grind all these spices to make a fine powder.
  3. To make this brew, boil a glass of water and add one tablespoon kashaya powder and one tablespoon grated jaggery to it. Strain it and drink it hot.
3. Cinnamon and honey concoction

Cinnamon or dalchini is a favourite kitchen staple in Indian households, and for good reason. It has antiviral, antifungal, and antibacterial properties, so it does more than just boost the immune system. It actually fights the pathogens that cause illness. 

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Cinnamon and honey concoction can do wonders for your health. Image courtesy: Shutterstock
Here’s how to make it:
  1. Add a cinnamon stick to a glass of water, and let it stay overnight.
  2. In the morning, add honey according to your taste in this cinnamon-infused water, and drink the concoction.
4. Tulsi and saunf tea

It’s true that tulsi is found in most homes in India but very few people know about the myriad health benefits of tulsi. It is loaded with therapeutic properties. From providing immunity, gut health to curbing infection— tulsi can do all this and more, with utmost ease. On the other hand, saunf can treat acid reflux.

Here’s how to make it:
  1. Put water to boil and add crushed basil and fennel seeds.
  2. Let the water boil until it becomes half and remove it from the flame, and add honey.
  3. Stir properly and sip on it.
5. Apple cider vinegar (ACV) tonic

Apple cider vinegar is full of health benefits that range from weight loss to boosting immunity. This drink is highly concentrated in vitamin C and fibre, both of which are believed to boost immunity.

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Apple cider vinegar offers myriad benefits. Image courtesy: Shutterstock
Here’s how to make it:
  1. Take some ACV in a glass, and add some cinnamon powder and lukewarm water. 
  2. Stir the mixture well and drink it to reap its immunity-boosting benefits during the monsoon season.

So ladies, these are the tonics you need to try for sure to boost your immunity!

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