India has been named as the land of spices. These spices not just impart flavor to a particular dish but also has a great number of health benefits. There are many spices from our kitchen that will boost our health and immunity and prevent us from falling sick and catching a cold. It also keeps other winter allergies and infections at bay.
Here are 5 important spices and condiments that you can add to your winter meals and beverages to keep common winter diseases at bay.
A glass of warm milk with a pinch of turmeric every winter morning is an age-old recipe recommended by our grannies. I still remember how my granny used to fondly talk about the many benefits of having turmeric milk during winters. Turmeric is rich in antioxidants and has anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties that strengthen the immune system and keeps cold and flu at bay.
Cinnamon is extensively used in rich Indian dishes and many dessert preparations for its amazing flavor. But did you know that it also has many healing properties due to its antioxidant content? During the winters, have a cup of warm water with honey and cinnamon powder. It helps to beat common cold.
Elaichi chai is a favorite of many, especially in the winter months. These small aromatic green pods are rich in minerals and antioxidants. It also has Vitamin C that boosts immunity and shields you against the common cold. This spice also aids in digestion. Add this spice in your rice and soups for flavoring and natural heating in winters.
These small seeds have anti-viral properties and can kill viruses that cause a sore throat and sniffles as winter sets in. Soak them in water overnight and strain the drink before having it the next morning.
5. Black pepper
Black pepper has some amazing health benefits that can prove good for your health during the winter months. It improves digestion and a couple of black peppers in tea will warm you up and give you relief from congestion. The subtle heat I this spice also flavors your food.
Add these spices in moderate amounts to your warm winter meals. It not only enhances the flavor but also keeps you warm naturally while keeping away infections.
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