As India witnesses its biggest surge in the number of COVID-19 cases, becoming the fourth worst-hit country worldwide after US, Brazil and Russia, we all have to do what it takes to deal with this single most unprecedented global event of our lifetimes.
While Personal hygiene and protection, cleaning, sanitizing, waste disposal and social distancing are the need of the hour building immunity to fight this deadly virus is also very critical
While there are no specific treatments for COVID-19 right now, there is no need to panic. Most of the people who become sick with COVID-19 will be able to recover by boosting their immunity. Getting enough rest, staying well hydrated and taking medicines to relieve fever, aches and pains may help in recovery.
Besides, there are some traditional home remedies too that Nutritionists and Dieticians recommend, to boost your immunity before or after COVID-19 infection.
Serving Tulsi Leaves and Haldi Powder Kaada (Concoction) to Boost Immunity
Realizing the role of immunity in the battle against COVID-19 pandemic, Apollo Hospitals, nutritionist recommend Tulsi-Haldi immunity drink a concoction of holy basil leaves (tulsi leaves) and turmeric powder (Haldi powder). Tulsi-Haldi immunity drink, a recent initiative at Apollo Hospitals, is prepared in our kitchens strictly under the supervision of our Nutritionists is also being served to our patients on daily basis.
“Both tulsi and haldi have strong anti-viral and anti-bacterial properties in addition to the being immune boosters,” says Haritha Shyam, Chief Dietician from Apollo Hospitals, Jubilee Hills.
Tulsi has a special place in Ayurveda and is considered sacred owing to its diverse healing properties. Having anti-microbial properties , Tulsi is extremely useful for treating bacterial and fungal infections as well as immunological disorders like allergies and asthma.
Explaining the benefits of Tulsi, Haritha says, “It is rich in Vitamin C and Zinc and acts as a natural immune booster, thus keeping infection at bay.”
“Tulsi has natural essential oils like camphene, cineole and eugenol, which will help reduce cold and congestion in the chest. It also acts as a stress buster and has a calming effect on a person” she further added.
Talking on turmeric, she says, “The medicinal properties in turmeric boosts the immune system, even in people with immune disorders. It helps in treating cough and cold.”
Turmeric, a bright yellow spice commonly used in curries, has many healing properties. Rich in curcumin and essential volatile oils, this great root is a potent anti-inflammatory and antioxidant. Curcumin has many scientifically-proven health benefits like the potential to prevent Alzheimer’s disease, heart disease and cancer.
Haritha says, “Patients have given extremely positive feedback and are feeling rejuvenated after taking this daily immunity drink.”
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