- The kadha is made using spices with anti-inflammatory propeties
- It can offer relief from sore throat
- Regular intake can boost functioning of the immune system
The importance of working on your immunity is now on an all-time high. Following a healthy lifestyle and some basic kitchen ingredients like turmeric, cinnamon and a range of other spices are said to be beneficial for strengthening your immune system. Chef Anahita Dhondy, Chef Partner at Sodabottleopenerwala, Cyber Hub, recently took to Instagram to share the recipe of an immunity-boosting kadha, made with ingredients that are easily available at home. The immune system is the natural defense system of the body. It is a network of cells, tissues and organs which bind together to defend the body against foreign invaders including bacteria and viruses. A strong immune system creates a barrier to stop these invaders from entering the body.
Immunity boosting kadha you can make at home
Fresh raw turmeric, basil leaves, cinnamon, black pepper corns, cloves, cardamom and ginger are the ingredients you need to make this kadha.
- Cinnamon has antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.
- Cradomom or elaichi helps in reliving sore throat and is cooling for the body.
- Cloves can help in boosting functioning of the immune system.
- Black pepper corns are also high in antioxidants. They help in better absorption of turmeric. "The addition of black pepper with turmeric increases the absorption of turmeric by 2000 percent when used in a 1:10 ratio of pepper to turmeric. Pretty amazing, right? Black pepper aids in combating respiratory conditions and rejuvenating the lungs," Dhondy writes in the caption of her post.
Point to note
Curcumin is the compound in turmeric which is responsible for most the of the health benefits that turmeric offers. It is a polyphenol with strong antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, antibacterial and anti-fungal properties.
Black pepper contains piperine, which is an alkaloid like capsaicin (the active compound found in chilli powder and cayenne pepper). This compound has been shown to help relieve nausea, headaches and poor digestion. Piperine also has anti-inflammatory properties. But, the most significant benefit of piperine is that it improves absorption of curcumin in turmeric.
To prepare this kadha, you need to fill a pot with filterd water. Thrush fresh ginger and turmeric in a mortar and pestle and add to the water. After a boil, add all the other spices and let the water boil for 15-20 minutes.
Take a cup and add some honey or jaggery to sweeten the kadha. You can warm it again and have it multiple times in a day for a stronger immunity.
You can sip on this kadha multiple times a day!
Sharing a family recipe or well an Indian recipe of a home remedy for cough, colds and flu! This one is by @arshitabkapoor a Covid survivor and warrior and this is what she has to say "This kadha is really a life savour. Helped me get through covid, and also build immunity. Drink this twice a day, precautionary and you will surely feel stronger! I like my kadha to be tasty also, so I always added extra cinnamon and gur!" So while it's got all these spices which are anti inflammatory, what really caught my eye was the addition of black pepper. Did you know? While black pepper may seem like an odd addition to the mix, its presence plays a substantial role. The addition of black pepper with turmeric increases the absorption of turmeric by 2000 percent when used in a 1:10 ratio of pepper to turmeric. Pretty amazing, right? Black pepper aids in combating respiratory conditions and rejuvenating the lungs. So with the monsoons upon us, and the situation with Covid, this drink can be made and had an home. It's soothing and delicious and well most importantly really good for you. Have it hot or warm, twice a day! Fresh turmeric and basil from @krishicress Hope you enjoy this easy recipe from our home, #TogetherAtHome we'll keep cooking (and drinking) everyday! #HappyCooking #Happydrinking #stayhome #staysafe #quarantinecooking #kadha #ayurvedic #ayurvedicdrink #immunitybooster #homeremedies #homecooking #chefanahita #chefathome #easypeasy #stepbystep #recipevideo #homerecipe #cookingwithchefanahita #eatwell #homemade #stayhomestaysafe
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