The human immune system is a defense system that includes various organs to fight diseases and helps one to stay healthy. Although building good immunity is a long process, there are many ways by which one can give a little boost to their immunity.
There are many beverages that play an important role in maintaining our health. Staying hydrated is one of the simplest ways to do that. It’s not necessary to always have expensive drinks, one can make their own health drinks at home. Making your own health drinks is also beneficial as it will help you to cut down your calorie intake from your daily energy and other carbonated drinks.
Here are some homemade health drinks to boost immunity
1. Ayurvedic Kadha
Kadha is a traditional Indian drink that is known for its properties to cure cold and flu. This homemade health drink helps in protecting us from infections and is often consumed as tea during winters.
- 3-4 Tulsi leaves (Basil)
- Fresh mint leaves
- 1 Green cardamom
- ¼ Teaspoon of Black pepper
- 2 Cloves
- 2-3 Black raisins
Method: Mix all the ingredients and boil them in water. Simmer it till the water is reduced to half. One can even add jaggery to improve its taste.
2. Golden Turmeric Milk
Turmeric milk has been consumed for centuries by people as it has many health benefits. Turmeric is Tridoshic and it balances all our doshas (disturbances) in our body. Except that it can boost our metabolism and it is helpful in curing sore throat too.
- Black pepper
- Pinch of Cinnamon
Method: Boil the milk. After it cools down a bit add turmeric powder and pepper and a teaspoon of ghee in it. Mix it well before transferring it into a cup.
3. Green Juice
Green juice is a simple yet very healthy beverage that is made with green vegetables which are rich in vitamins, potassium, and other nutrients.
- 1-2 Cucumbers
- 1-2 leaves of Kale
- ½ Organic apple
- 2-3 Celery sticks
- Lemon juice
Method: Wash all the vegetables and mix them in a juicer. You can also add some ice cubes and drink it right away.
4. Ragi Malt
Ragi malt is very beneficial for weight loss. Ragi is a millet found mainly in tropical countries and it’s packed with nutrients. Drinking ragi malt helps to get rid of anemia, heart diseases, and it acts as a coolant as well.
- 2-3 tablespoons of Ragi powder
- 2 cups of water
- Lemon juice
- Pinch of salt
Method: Make a paste with Ragi powder and water in a bowl. Now, boil 2 cups of water, add salt and Ragi paste in it. Cook it for 2-3 minutes and then let it cool down. Once it cools down, pour the mixture into a glass. Add curd and lemon juice to it. And our Ragi malt is ready to serve!
Buttermilk is a fermented drink that is an excellent source of protein and probiotics. Vitamin A in buttermilk helps to keep our eyesight healthy and it’s also good for the lungs, heart, and kidney.
- 1 cup of curd
- 1 cup of water
- Black salt
- Roasted cumin powder
- Curry leaves
- Chopped coriander and mint leaves
Method: Use a whisker or a blender to mix curd, water, cumin powder, and salt together. Now add coriander, mint, and curry leaves in the mixture and it’s ready to serve.
6. Apple Cider Vinegar With Ginger Juice
Mixing apple cider vinegar with ginger juice and honey makes a very powerful drink that boosts our metabolism and helps in weight loss. It also helps in acid reflux if you take it regularly in the morning.
7. Carrot Milk
Carrot milk is a wholesome drink to include in your meals. It not only tastes good but has a lot of health benefits. It’s very good for your eyesight and for the overall nourishment of your body.
- 1 medium sized carrot
- 200 ml of milk
- Jaggery (optional)
Method: Boil grated carrot in one cup of water. Once water is reduced to half, add 200 ml of milk in it and let it further boil. Pour it in a glass once it cools down and then you can add jaggery to it if you want.
8. Coconut Water
One of the best natural and tasty beverages is coconut water which is not only sweet but also has loads of nutrients and minerals. It has antioxidant properties and is good for heart and kidney health. Consuming it regularly will help you boost your immunity.
9. Turmeric Tea
Turmeric tea is known for several benefits like reducing Arthritis symptoms, treating cancer, protecting from liver damage and other infections.
- 2-3 cups of water
- Grated turmeric or 2 tablespoons of pure turmeric powder.
Method: Boil water in a pan and add turmeric to it. Allow the mixture to simmer. After 10 minutes, strain the tea and add 1 tablespoon of honey to it.
10. CCF Tea
It’s a detox drink that is made with cumin, fennel, and coriander seeds. It is an ayurvedic drink that helps to stimulate Agni (digestive fire). It’s helpful for indigestion and bloating.
- ½ tablespoon of cumin seeds
- ½ tablespoon of coriander seeds
- ½ tablespoon of fennel seeds (Avoid fennel seeds if you are pregnant)
- 2-3 cups of water
Method: Boil all the ingredients in water. Simmer it for 4-5 minutes and then strain it. It is more beneficial if you take this drink empty stomach in the morning.
A well-balanced diet is essential for a healthy mind and body. These health drinks are not only beneficial but also convenient for us to prepare. They are delicious and are better than all those carbonated drinks which have a high amount of calories.