Currently, we are experiencing a nip in the air; meaning, winter is almost here. The season not only helps us get relief from the scorching summer season but also brings along fresh fruits, vegetables and decadent dishes to relish. While we agree that the season gives us countless reasons to rejoice, we can't also ignore the health issues that come along. The cold weather outside often leads to flu, fever and other common diseases. This is why, doctors and nutritionists stress on keeping our diet healthy and nourished in winter. They suggest including warm beverages, seasonal produce and healthy herbs and spices in our everyday meals. One such popular ingredient that finds its way into our winter diet is turmeric.
A popular kitchen spice, turmeric has been a part of traditional medical practice for eons. Remember, how our mothers and grandmothers forced us to drink haldi doodh every night? It is because the ingredient is loaded with antioxidants, anti-viral, anti-inflammatory and antiseptic properties that help us heal from within. Turmeric contains a compound called curcumin, which, according to the book 'Healing Foods' by DK Publishing, helps prevent free-radical damage and inflammation in the body.
Health Benefits Of Turmeric: How Haldi Helps Boost Immunity During Winter Season:
- Curcumin in turmeric helps flush out toxins, boosting immune health against seasonal diseases.
- Chemicals in turmeric are dubbed to help us heal from the common cold, winter sinus and joint pains.
- The anti-bacterial and anti-viral properties of haldi are known to provide us relief from sore throat during the season.
- Turmeric is a heat-generating spice that may help promote optimal cell functioning, keeping you warm from within,
How To Make Turmeric Tea For Winter:
Now, that we know the benefits of turmeric, let's find out how to include it in our daily diet. While haldi doodh remains a popular option for all, there are people who avoid milk for various health reasons. For them (and others), here's a soothing turmeric tea recipe to try. This herbal tea is healthy, easy to make and loads you up with several essential nutrients for overall health. And the best part is, this particular haldi tea recipe includes the goodness of ginger, black pepper and honey too.
All you need to do is, add all the ingredients (except honey) in hot water and boil well. Strain the tea in a cup and mix some honey into it. Take a sip! Click here for the detailed recipe.
So, what are you waiting for? Include this drink in your winter diet and enjoy the season to the fullest. But always remember, moderation is the key!
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