Boost Your Immunity

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Nutritionists suggest that our immunity comes down during monsoon, making us prone to several diseases. Teas, however, can do the job, says SHIKHA PURI

The monsoons are here, and it’s a welcome relief from the scorching summer heat. But, the rains also bring along a slew of seasonal diseases. We need to adjust to the nip in the weather and keep ourselves healthy.

When you sit by the window and watch the rain dance and listen to the pitter-patter of the raindrops, one gets tempted to have chai, pakoras or even samosas.

Health experts and nutritionists suggest that our immunity comes down during this season, making us prone to viral infection, seasonal flu, and stomach disorders. They suggest that you should increase the intake of immunity-boosting food during this season, like broccoli, almonds, turmeric and spinach. But you can also have calorie-free immunity-boosting teas.

The goodness of tea increases when you add herbs and spices to it. Tea blenders and tea tasters over the decades have made blends using traditional Indian spices and herbs, the perfect combination results in an exceptional cup of tea. Here is a list of teas that have an outstanding flavour and taste which can boost your immunity.

Masala chai: The monsoons are the perfect time to enjoy India’s favourite masala chai or spiced tea. Made with good Assam CTC tea, traditional masala tea has ingredients like cardamom, star anise, pepper, cloves, cinnamon and ginger. Each herb/spice has its individual health properties, which will boost your overall health. Black tea is loaded with antioxidants and protects you from cardiovascular disease, lowers cholesterol and improves dental health.

Ginger green tea: A classic blend of young fresh ginger and green tea, it is excellent for a sore throat and cold. The ideal way to have it is to add a dash of honey; it soothes the throat and protects you from a sore throat and flu.

Kashmiri kahwa: Is tea from the Kashmir valley. There are various recipes the oldest traditional one uses green tea, cinnamon, cloves, green cardamom, almonds and saffron. The combination of these spices with green tea has kept the people of Kashmir warm and healthy in all weather conditions. The worlds most expensive spice, saffron is known to boost your immunity.

Peppermint green tea: A refreshing blend of peppermint and green tea keeps the stomach healthy. When you binge on greasy foods, like samosas, pakoras in the monsoon, you are likely to feel heavy and full. Peppermint is known to have a soothing effect on the stomach and reduces bloating.

Chamomile tea: It is a popular beverage. Chamomile tea is a herbal infusion made using dried flowers. This traditional herbal infusion calms your body, reduces stress builds immunity and cleanses your system.

Enjoy the raindrops, read your favourite book and enjoy a sip of healthy tea.

The writer is Co-founder of Teacupsfull, a premium tea brand and tea boutique

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