With the World Health Organisation (WHO) declaring the coronavirus outbreak a pandemic, this is indeed a time when all of us need to take extra measures to stay safe during the flu season. With the virus spreading to at least 114 countries, including India where the number of cases have risen to 73, fighting the infection is the need of the hour. And that can be achieved if you take care of your health and follow the necessary precautions. Due to the change in season, this is also the time when our body is prone to catching a cold or fever as our immunity is low. What can help is if you include immunity boosting ingredients in your daily diet, particularly spices.
Spices That Are Immunity Boosters
Spices come with a host of health benefits, including boosting your immunity and keeping you protected from infections such as bacteria, virus etc. Including certain spices that come with immunity boosting properties can prove to be beneficial during this flu season. We have listed down five Indian spices that you should make the most of:
Turmeric is known for its healing powers. It contains Lipopolysaccharide, a substance with anti-bacterial, anti-viral and anti-fungal propeties that help stimulate the human immune system. Like good old customs, you can include Haldi Doodh in your diet to boost immunity.
A common remedy for cough and cold, ginger is a powerful immunity booster that works against microorganisms. Drinking ginger tea or fresh ginger juice can prove to be beneficial in keeping you strong during the flu season.
This aromatic spice is a rich source of antioxidants like polyphenols and proanthocyanidins that give a boost to the immune system. Moreover it has antiviral, antibacterial and antifungal properties that help reduce the chances of respiratory diseases and seasonal infections. You can prepare cinnamon tea or cinnamon infused water.
Commonly known as the winter spice, clove is another ingredient that has incredible immunity boosting abilities. It is used in Ayurvedic remedies for cough and cold, and also works well to shield your body against infections. While you can use it in gravies, include it in making tea or flavoured hot water.
5. Black Pepper
This spice has antimicrobial properties and therefore helps to keep a check on cold and cold. Including it in your daily diet can help boost your immunity and prevent chest congestion and respiratory infections.
Precautions To Take To Prevent Coronavirus
1. Frequently sanitise your hands with soaps or alcohol-based hand rubs
2. Gargle with warm water 3-4 times a day. Drink plenty of water.
3. Avoid touching eyes, nose and the mouth.
4. Avoid closely interacting with others suffering from cough, colds, fever and complaints of 'feeling debilitated'. Keep 3 feet distance from anyone who is coughing or sneezing.
5. Wear a mask if you are coughing or sneezing.
6. Stay at home if you begin to feel unwell even with mild symptoms such as headache and slightly runny nose. Seek medical help if the condition worsens.
7. If you have been exposed to this virus either in India or in any of the epidemic affected countries or were travelling overseas, it is imperative that you consult your physician and get tested for it.
(Also read: 7 Ayurvedic Products To Boost Your Immunity)
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