Come winter and flu's in the air! Someone you know might already be suffering from it; be it your colleague or that girl-next-door. Here's how you can go sniffle-free with these natural DIY cures.
Speedy recovery from cough and cold
Dr Divya Choudhary, head-clinical nutrition and dietetics, Max Super Speciality Hospital, Shalimar Bagh, says, "In winter, make sure to include Tulsi in your diet. It is the best ingredient to cope with seasonal change, fight cold and flu and curb nasal problems."
Known for its anti-bacterial properties Tulsi is hailed as the strongest of adaptogens. Take a handful of fresh Tulsi leaves and add them to boiling milk. You can use this milk to make tea and curd.
Ishi Khosla, practicing nutritionist suggests one should include honey in their diet.
"Honey with spices can help you fight the cold. Honey is known to possess anti-bacterial, anti-oxidant, anti-inflammatory, prebiotic properties, anti-tumour, anti-mutagenic and anti-viral properties," says Khosla.
Both tulsi and honey possess anti-bacterial and anti-oxidant properties (Photo: Shutterstock)
Have a spoonful of honey mixed with a pinch of black pepper to fight the cold. Black pepper stimulates circulations, warms the body particularly hands and feet, releases toxins and improves sinus congestion.
Fight the flu
"Barley water can treat fever. One of the earliest cultivated grains, barley is believed to have a healing effect on the body and has been used as a food for the convalescing for years," says Khosla.
Vitamin C can also help you fight the flu. Dr Choudhary says, "Amla (Indian gooseberry) is in abundance in winter. Take three medium size amlas, grate them and add the juice to 1½ cup of water. You can have it during lunch and dinner."
Include them in your diet to boost immunity
* Ginger: Grate 1 inch-ginger and add to two cups of water. Now, boil the mixture for 1-1 ½ mins. You can sip this throughout the day.
Add ginger and garlic to your diet to fight the cold (Photo: Shutterstock)
* Garlic: Garlic is loaded with nearly 100 active chemical compounds including several potent antioxidants. Just include a few raw cloves in your meals.
Tips to stay fit this winter
* Include anti-inflammatory foods such as coconut, fenugreek (methi) seeds, onion seeds and turmeric in your diet.
* Have at least one glass of vegetable juice during the day.
* Add green leafy vegetables to your diet, a minimum of five different colours of vegetables to stay healthy.