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Best natural remedies to build your immunity

Noor Anand Chawla

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Though we grew up listening to our grandmothers wax lyrical on the importance of natural ingredients to build immunity, somewhere in the rush of modern living, we forsook their advice. With the virus looming over us, however, our grandmother’s remedies are proving to be natural allies with a higher chance of protecting us than pharmaceutical medications.

Many of us attempt to concoct and recreate these age-old, immunity boosting family recipes, but find it difficult to do so. Hence, as a trusted replacement, I turn to the pure natural energy drinks made by Vedantika Herbals, available online. These immunity-boosting drinks are made by a group of researchers and scientists under the guidance of Dr N.C. Limbasiya. They are 100% natural with no synthetic colours, flavours or preservatives, and are made entirely from dehydrated fruit and vegetable powder, herbs, black salt, black pepper and sugar as a natural preservative.

Coming to brass tacks, these are the best natural ingredients to build your immunity to tackle health problems:

AMLA (INDIAN GOOSEBERRY)

 Amla is an unpopular fruit owing to its excessively citric taste, but as my grandmother would say “bitter is always better!” The human body absorbs the natural Vitamin C present in amla, much better than through over-the-counter supplements. Amla is also a natural pain-reliever and helps in the soothing of chronic conditions, and has long been used for its beauty benefits.

LEMON

Lemons are another vital source of naturally-occurring Vitamin C. They are also known to aid with weight loss by helping in the digestion of food. Once you eat healthy, you are more likely to stay healthy.

HONEY

Honey is the traditional Indian remedy to soothe an itchy or sore throat. Apart from being a natural sweetener, it has many health benefits as well. It is a wonderful source of antioxidants and is also an antibacterial and antifungal agent, which can be applied topically to heal wounds. However, one must be mindful to consume pure and organic honey to partake of its true benefits.

GINGER

This unassuming vegetable can be found in almost every kitchen and is a powerhouse of preventive healthcare. When mixed with other herbs, it keeps cold and flu at bay. It is also good for the heart, treats inflammation and severe indigestion.

TULSI (HOLY BASIL)

This herb is worshipped for good reason! They are great for the health of your heart as they lower cortisol levels, blood glucose levels and improve the function of the liver. They have also been proven to cure respiratory illnesses.

BEETROOT

Beetroots are the ultimate source of fiber, as well as various vitamins and minerals. The juice of beets is also associated with various health benefits, which includes lowering blood pressure and increasing energy levels.

CARROT

Carrots are mostly associated with Vitamin A, which is great for your eyesight. Apparently, the beta-carotene in carrots protects your eyes from the sun and prevents other eye problems. Yellow carrots also contain a beneficial compound called lutein.

The health benefits of these seven simple ingredients far outweigh the ‘bitter or bland taste’ argument presented against them. A comparison of these natural immunityboosters with popular drinks sold in the market, throws stark light on the ill effects of packaged drinks. Aerated drinks, the absolute worst of the lot, contain synthetic preservatives and colours as well as carbonated water. Fruit drink concentrates are full of fruit pulp, sugar, class 2 preservatives, permitted colour and added flavour. Synthetic drinks sold in the form of powder contain synthetic preservatives, colours and flavours. By consuming these, you are doing great harm to your body in the long run.

 A weakened body is the easiest target for viruses and lifestyle diseases. Hence, it is important to choose natural remedies over packaged drinks. One way to easily access these natural remedies is through the research-based, pure natural energy drinks made by Vedantika Herbals in a host of delicious flavours such as Panchamrita, Amla and Lemon-Ginger. Now more than ever before, it is important to equip our bodies with a strong defence mechanism, if we are to emerge stronger and live through these unprecedented times.

The writer is a lawyer who pens lifestyle articles on her successful blog www.nooranandchawla.com. She can be found on Instagram @nooranandchawla.

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