Thursday, March 19, 2020

Immunity Booster Tonic: Lemon Honey Ginger Tonic

Whichever part of the world you are at the moment, Coronavirus news and conversations will not spare you. The only way to to avoid getting coronavirus is by building up your immunity. There are two ways by which you can increase your immunity, one by one exercising and secondly by focusing on your diet.

Our Indian cooking consists of many nutrient packed ingredients that if we choose and use them wisely we can keep any flu at bay. I made this Immunity Booster Tonic that contains many such wholesome nourishing elements which will definitely help you build your immunity levels up.

The tonic has following ingredients:

Honey:-Honey is an antioxidant and has antibacterial properties which helps improve the digestive system and boost immunity. It is also a powerhouse of antioxidants, which are very effective for the removal of free radicals from the body.

Turmeric:-It has been used in India for thousands of years as a spice and medicinal herb.
Curcumin is the main active ingredient in turmeric. It has powerful anti-inflammatory effects and is a very strong antioxidant.
Ginger:-Ginger is also a strong antioxidant that has been shown to naturally boost the immune system. It contains tons of vitamins, some of which are magnesium, iron, zinc, and calcium. Ginger helps kill cold viruses and has been said to combat chills and fever.

Lemon:-Lemons and limes are high in vitamin C, a natural antioxidant which enhances the immune system and has antiviral and antibacterial properties that helps fighting cold and flu like symptoms.

Black Pepper:- are loaded with the flu-fighting vitamin called capsaicin, so consuming them can ward off illness and reduce your chance of experiencing the harsh symptoms of sore throat, cold and cough.

Cinnamon:- It has Anti-Inflammatory properties. It helps your body fight infections. Cinnamon when mixed with honey helps in removing phlegm from the throat and give your immune system a boost. 

I am not claiming that this tonic will cure Coronavirus, but it will definitely help you increase your immunity and that is the need of the hour at the moment. Also, when everything is ready in the jar it becomes very easy to use it instead of preparing it fresh again and again.

How to make it:
Take around 350 grams of honey and fill it the a clean jar. Honey should be filled up-to 3/4 part of the jar. Add lemon juice/lime juice of 4-5 lemons around 1/2 cup of juice. Add 1/4 cup of grated ginger. Throw in 4 tablespoons of freshly grated turmeric and one tablespoon of black pepper powder or crushed black pepper. Add 1 stick of cinnamon. Mix everything together and use as needed.

How to use it:
  1. You can have it empty stomach in the morning with lukewarm water. It will not only help with clearing your throat but by the time the isolation period is over you will also see that you have lost weight.
  2. Mix it with your teas. Instead of having sugar and fat loaded milky Indian tea in the evening, I swirl in the spoon of this tonic with green tea, chamomile tea or simple black tea and enjoy its benefits.
  3. Have it before you go to sleep. Simply heat the water and mix in it spoonful of the tonic. The ingredients will help in ease the fat, oil, spices from the dinner and also give comfort to throat and nasal congestion.

I hope you all enjoy this and get some benefits from it. Stay safe everyone.