Building immunity is no child's play. You have to work on it consistently; you cannot just pop vitamin pills one day and begin to imagine that your body is now resistant towards diseases. According to Delnaaz T. Chanduwadia, Chief Dietitian, Jaslok Hospital & Research Centre, Mumbai, "good immunity begins from the moment you are conceived. However, one can work towards eating right and supporting the immune system. Building the immune system begins with fuelling the body correctly". The correlation between immunity and diet has been spoken about many times, and it turns out that our kitchen pantry is actually loaded with ingredients that may just be more than mere flavouring agents for our curries. Our spices particularly can help rev up our immunity naturally, and hence, must not be ignored. You can include them in your meals and even drinks. This Black Pepper, Turmeric, Cumin Tea is a fine example.
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Black pepper is replete with antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. It is also enriched with vitamin C that helps build immunity naturally. The golden spice turmeric is also gaining immense popularity across the world for it anti-inflammatory, antiviral and antibacterial properties. In addition to keeping your immunity strong, it also helps soothe the discomfort that is tied with flu. Ingesting cumin seeds or jeera is also known to do wonders for immunity, digestion, weight loss and overall health. Here's how you can combine them all in this healing beverage.
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Turmeric is replete with antioxidants
How To Make Black Pepper, Turmeric, Cumin Tea For Immunity
- 1 tsp black pepper
- 1 tsp turmeric
- 1/ 2 tsp cumin seeds
- 2-3 cloves
- Bring a glass of water to boil in a vessel. As you start seeing the bubbles appearing, add all the spices one by one. Cover the vessel with a lid.
- Let it steep for 3-4 minutes, and you are done. Strain the tea in a cup. If you want you can add a dash of honey to taste towards the end. Make sure you do not cook honey. Honey is also widely regarded as a natural cough suppressant.
Try making this tea at home and let us know how you like it. Do not consume it more than 2-3 times a day.
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