Life has changed in a matter of days as the world is struggling to contain the coronavirus pandemic. While our medical workers and those working for essential services continue to risk their lives to keep people alive, we can do our bit by staying home and not being that next person in need of an already scarce ICU bed.
If you’re craving a hot beverage and would normally step out to your favourite neighbourhood cafe for the same, don’t worry. There are various immunity-boosting hot beverages that you can easily make at home. Here are our favourites.
Golden Turmeric Milk
Golden Turmeric Milk, or as it is fondly called ‘Haldiwala doodh’, is one of the best drinks to boost your immunity. Indians have always known about its healing properties and the western world has increasingly started adopting it as an immunity booster.
It is made by mixing turmeric powder with milk and honey/sugar, depending on your preference. It has anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, anti-inflammatory properties and is rich in antioxidants.
Fun fact: A few American scientists tried to patent the magical ‘Turmeric Milk’ but the claim was denied as Indians have been using it for centuries.
Ginger is one of the jewels from the treasure trove of Indian spices. It is extremely beneficial for the stomach and helps overcome nausea. It also acts as an anti-inflammatory and helps fight respiratory problems.
Women especially love ginger as it helps relieve menstrual pain. Grate some ginger and add it to boiled water. Cover the lid and leave for 5 minutes. You can add tea leaves to it and some honey if you prefer the sweeter version. Do not add milk for best results.
Green tea has antioxidant properties and helps in the digestion process. While many researchers argue that there aren’t as many benefits of the drink as exaggerated and it is a marketing gimmick by tea companies, there are some benefits of this warm drink in comparison to the other higher calorie drinks out there.
Green tea is available in a variety of flavours, like chamomile, mint, Moroccan, jasmine, rose, fennel, etc. You can explore these different varieties and substitute them for drinks which include high quantities of caffeine. Warning: Green tea contains some amount of caffeine, although it’s much lesser than normal tea and coffee.
Lemon and Cinnamon Water
Lemon and cinnamon are known to have various health benefits. Lemon helps boost the immune system as well as aid weight loss. It also helps in maintaining a healthy complexion. Cinnamon has medicinal and anti-inflammatory properties. It helps lower sugar levels in the blood and is a powerful anti-diabetic. Cinnamon also helps in weight loss.
Heat some water. Add a teaspoon of lemon and a dash of cinnamon and drink every morning for glowing skin and enhanced weight loss.
Hot Chocolate is the go-to drink on a cold winter evening. While it contains sugar, you can minimize the calorie intake by using sugar-free. You can also substitute full-fat milk for skimmed milk.
While hot chocolate may not have a ton of benefits physically, it definitely helps lift the mood and a happy mind promotes a healthy body. Top your drink with some marshmallows for a cosy and comforting feeling.
Spiced Pumpkin Latte
Pumpkin Latte spiced with cinnamon can help ease joint pain from arthritis and injuries. It also aids in the digestion process and helps in detoxifying the body. It is the perfect holiday drink to have while cuddled in bed.
Heat together some milk, sugar, pumpkin puree, cinnamon powder, clove powder, and vanilla extract. Add some coffee to it. Finish by topping it with whipped cream and sprinkling some of the spice used to make the drink on top. Put on a fun movie and sip away.
Mint tea is hot water mixed with mint and tea leaves, although the tea leaves are optional. Extremely low in calories, this is a healthy drink that can easily be substituted for the higher calorie milk tea.
When ordering mint tea in restaurants, make sure to instruct the waiter to not add any sugar. If you want to sweeten it, go for some honey instead.
Coffee contains caffeine and must be avoided, But we all crave that hot mug when we want to keep ourselves awake to finish that assignment or watch that football match later in the night.
Black coffee is healthier than milk coffee as it contains far fewer calories. It also has anti-inflammatory properties and acts as an antioxidant. It helps reduce the risk of diabetes, provided you are having it without sugar. Try not to consume too much though, due to its high amount of caffeine. Refrain from drinking it at night if you don’t want to keep tossing and turning in the bed at night from insomnia.
Having a mix of two or more of these drinks is ideal to keep your immunity levels high. While the world looks for a cure against coronavirus, it is also up to us to stay healthy by improving our immunity. Together, we can win the #fightagainstcorona.
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