Tips to beat cold, cough and boost immunity amid pollution and pandemic

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17th November, 2020 01:56:38 printer

Tips to beat cold, cough and boost immunity amid pollution and pandemic

With the pollution levels rising, people have started experiencing symptoms of cold, cough, flu and fever. These symptoms range from dry eyes, runny nose, sore throat, headache and nausea among other less common symptoms.

Installing your homes with air purifiers, wearing pollution masks and not sleeping outside are some of the things we can do to save ourselves from the nasty pollution.

But because you can't completely stop going outside or install an air purifier in every room of your house, here are a few dietary and lifestyle changes that can help in reducing the ill-effects of air pollution.

Their home remedies will clear your respiratory passage and boost your immunity at the same time.

Have sugarcane juice

Sugarcane juice is easily available in the market. If you don't like the juice, you can chew some raw sugarcane to reap its health benefits. It helps cleanse and detoxify your liver and gives your immune system the much-needed boost. It also reduces lethargy, improves your mood and is best when consumed in between two meals.

Haldi milk

Also called golden milk, turmeric milk is one of the easiest home remedies to fight the ill-effects of air pollution. To prepare haldi milk, just add 1/4 teaspoon of haldi powder in a glass of milk and bring it to boil. Consume the drink lukewarm.

You can also add some saffron and jaggery to enhance the taste and increase the benefits of the drink.

Haldi is known for its anti-inflammatory properties and can speed up the recovery process during cough, cold and flu.

Be physically active

Are you missing out on your daily walks because of poor air quality? It's not exactly the best thing to do.

 

If you cannot go for a walk, maybe do some light exercises at home. You can also walk inside your home in the balcony or terrace or do a quick staircase workout.

Keep yourself hydrated

Water as we all know helps flush out the toxins from the body. Keeping yourself hydrated is of utmost importance as it helps prevent diseases and speeds up the recovery process.

Ghee

Putting one drop of desi ghee in each nostril in the morning and at bedtime can help stay clear from pollutants. One must also include two-three tablespoon of ghee in their daily diet.

It helps cover the toxic effects of metal like mercury and lead and does not allow them to get accumulated in your bones, liver and kidney.

Jaggery

Jaggery, commonly called gur has anti-inflammatory properties and is rich in iron. It helps boost immunity, increase haemoglobin level, which in turn increases its oxygen-carrying capacity. All this can help cut down the acute effects of pollution.

Beta carotene

Beta carotene helps in controlling the inflammation caused due to the presence of free radicals and pollutants in the environment. Some common sources of beta carotene include fenugreek seeds, spinach and lettuce.

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