Winter illnesses can wreak havoc on our well-being. While the flu and a common cold may cause little inconvenience to many, individuals with weaker constitutions face more serious challenges. If you have a compromised immune system, or a lifestyle disease, you probably realize that even a seemingly minor cold can turn into a serious medical condition. While isolating yourself in a hypoallergenic bubble may make the illness go away, it won’t miraculously boost your immune system.
Natural home remedies for winter ailments
Shrikant HS, Assistant Chief Medical Officer, Jindal NatureCure Institute, shares here some home remedies for a healthy winter season. Below are some natural remedies for daily ailments in winter:
1. Garlic’s powerful antioxidant properties prevent and reduce colds. Beyond its effectiveness against colds, garlic offers additional health benefits, such as lowering blood pressure, improving cholesterol levels, and playing a role in preventing Alzheimer’s and dementia.
2. Embrace the nutritional benefits of citrus fruits like oranges, grapes, lemons or limes to boost your immune system with this important vitamin C. For those who don’t like the tangy joy of citrus, no need to worry. Kiwi, strawberries, broccoli, red bell peppers, cauliflower, tomatoes and many other foods are ready to provide a strong dose of vitamin C.
3. Pumpkin seeds serve as a rich source of zinc, an essential mineral that supports the function of white blood cells important in protecting the body from pathogens such as the flu virus. Whether enjoyed by the handful or sprinkled on a salad, including pumpkin seeds in your diet adds a delightful crunch.
4. In India, turmeric milk has gained popularity as a home remedy for various ailments, especially for its effectiveness in relieving sore throat and cough. Turmeric has immune boosting properties and stimulates antibody response against infections. For quick relief, add black pepper to the turmeric mixture. This combination harnesses the therapeutic benefits of turmeric, providing a natural and soothing remedy for respiratory discomfort.