Immunity Boosting Drinks: Ayurvedic Way of Boosting Immunity
The recent pandemic has taught us many things about health and wellbeing. It helped us recognize the importance of immunity, so we would stop taking it for granted.
Before 2020, nobody really cared about improving their immunity. But things have changed drastically after the Covid spread. Immunity has become the front and centre of everything we do. From our food choices to taking immunity supplements like Chyavanprash to maintaining proper hygiene at the dinner table, our day-to-day decisions started to revolve around immunity and overall wellness. And that’s a good thing.
The covid outbreak affected all of us in one way or the other. Each wave of Covid came as a threat to humankind; some of us showed no symptoms, some fell sick for a week, and many lost their lives amid the chaos.
If you are reading this in good health and want to make sure that your body is prepared well enough to combat viruses and bacteria of any sort, you are at the right place.
We have put together a few recipes of immune boosting drinks that you can prepare at home and consume every day regardless of your age or gender.
Have a look.
The All-Natural Drinks and Their Recipes
Apple Cider Vinegar and Ginger
This immunity drink requires minimal effort and can be consumed at any time of the day between meals.
Here are the ingredients you need:
- One cup water
- One-inch peeled and grated ginger
- One tsp unpasteurized apple cider vinegar
- a pinch of cayenne pepper
- One tsp honey
The first step is to boil the water. In the next step, you can either add ginger to the boiling water or turn off the flame and let the ginger steep in hot water for 5 minutes. The final step is to add the remaining ingredients and stir well. Your homemade immune booster is ready.
The ingredients used in this immunity booster drink possess anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties. For example, ginger contains sesquiterpenes, which act as an antidote to the flu virus. Apple cider vinegar contains probiotics that strengthen the digestive system and immunity. If you have gastritis or you are taking medications for diabetes or heart ailments, speak with your healthcare professional before taking apple cider vinegar.
Turmeric is known for its anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties, making it a perfect ingredient for the immunity drink recipe. Turmeric tea is one of the best home remedies to increase immunity and here’s what you need to prepare it:
- Grated turmeric root (or use 2 tsp turmeric powder instead)
- 1 tbsp fresh lemon juice
- 4 cups of water
Heat 4 cups of water in a pan and add grated turmeric.
Let the mixture boil on a medium flame until 4 cups of water reduce to 1 cup.
Strain the water and add lemon juice and honey to improve the taste. Drink it warm on an empty stomach.
Turmeric contains curcumin, which helps build immunity and offers other benefits, such as improved metabolism, controlled blood pressure, etc. Many believe that curcumin can also help destroy cancer cells. However, more research is needed in this area.
Fresh Homemade Juice for Immunity
Ditch your coffee and go green! A refreshing glass of fruit and vegetable juice can give you the morning kick you need and essential nutrients to help you power through the day. It is one of the most effective drinks to boost the immune system.
- 1 cup fresh Coriander leaves
- 1 cup fresh Mint leaves
- 1 cup fresh baby spinach
- 1 Apple or pear
- 1 cup chopped Cucumber
- 1-2 tbsp Lemon Juice
- Black salt to taste
Put all the ingredients in a grinder and add some water to achieve the desired consistency. It would be best to consume it right away; do not store it in the refrigerator for later.
This fruit and vegetable juice is a rich source of Folic acid, antioxidants and Vitamin A and C.
Ayurvedic kadha is a traditional recipe that has been around for thousands of years. Although it has been long forgotten since the dawn of modern medical science, it rose to popularity again as an immunity builder against Covid-19. Besides, this ayurvedic immunity booster can also help improve the symptoms of cough, cold and throat infection.
- 1 tsp cardamom
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1 tsp dried ginger
- 1 tsp black pepper
- 3 cups of water
How to prepare?
- Boil 3 cups of water in a saucepan.
- As the water is boiling, add the remaining ingredients, except honey
- Let the mixture boil until the water is reduced to one-third
- Strain the decoction into a cup
- Add honey to improve the taste
If you are working out to lose weight, consuming this kadha in the morning can help improve your metabolism rate and aid in maintaining healthy weight.
You have had this golden milk at least once as a child. If not, you have a perfect excuse to have it now. It’s a great immunity booster that supplies essential antioxidants to the body for better strength and vigour. It can even help with joint issues. However, turmeric and milk are not the only ingredients used in this natural immune booster.
- 2 cups of dairy milk or use almond milk if you are lactose intolerant
- 1 tsp turmeric powder
- A pinch of black pepper powder
Heat the milk on low to medium heat. Let it boil for about 2-3 minutes. Pour the hot milk into a glass. Add the turmeric powder and pepper powder. You can even add a pinch of Ashwagandha powder. Strain the milk and add honey or jaggery to improve the taste.
You can have it first thing in the morning to shake yourself out of laziness or after a gym workout to restore your energy levels. You can either follow our recommended recipe to the T or put your own spin by using fruits and raw vegetables of your choice
- Baby spinach - 1 cup
- Mint leaves - ½ cup
- ½ cup of chopped bottle gourd/ cucumber
- ½ cup of fresh yoghourt or curd
- Rock salt to taste
- ¼ tsp cumin powder
- ½ tsp lemon juice
- 1 piece of chopped amla
- Ice cubes
Blend all ingredients in a mixer. That’s it.
This smoothie will give you a stomach full and essential nutrients to maintain your energy levels until your next meal
Take it as a pre-workout drink to improve your performance in the gym. Feeling tired after a strenuous workout session? It’s a great post-workout drink to soothe your tired muscles and lift your spirits.
Consuming this green smoothie every day can help build your immunity, protecting you from seasonal flu and bacterial infections.
A rich source of beta carotene, pumpkin is a dark horse among other natural immunity boosters. It helps eliminate free radicals from the body, which are produced as a byproduct of various internal processes, such as digestion. Combined with select spices, pumpkin soup is by far the most delicious way to strengthen your immunity
- 250 grams of pumpkin cubes
- 1 tsp olive oil
- Chopped onions - ½ cup
- 1 tsp Chopped garlic
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon powder
- 1/4 tsp nutmeg powder
- 1/2 tsp cumin powder
- Pepper, salt and green chilly to tast
- 1 tsp Oregano (optional)
- 150 ml thin coconut milk
How to prepare?
Don’t let the long list of ingredients overwhelm you. By following the instructions below, you can make yourself a hot bowl of spiced pumpkin soup, no matter how bad you are at cooking.
- Take a deep non-stick saucepan
- Sauté onions and garlic in the olive oil on a medium flame for two minutes.
- Turn down the heat and add pumpkin to the mix
- Sauté on a medium flame for another 2 minutes
- Add salt and pepper to taste. To mix them well, add 4 cups of water
- Cover with a lid and leave it on a low flame for 10 minutes, followed by occasional stirring
- Turn off the heat and let it cool down to room temperature
- Blend it in a mixer to make a puree, and pour it back into the pan
- Add herbs and spices and cook for another 2-3 minutes on a low-to-medium flame with occasional stirring
- Your spiced pumpkin soup is ready to be served
The additional herbs and spices aid in healing the tissue damage and promote overall wellness by keeping microbial infections at bay.
Homemade immunity boosters may not improve your immunity overnight. Your body may take weeks or even months to respond to these immune boosters and give you noticeable improvements.
However, an individual recovering from an illness or having weak immunity due to an underlying condition will need immediate improvements. To that end, Kerala Ayurveda provides a wide range of natural supplements formulated with medicinal herbs known to boost immunity against microbial infections.
Some of the most effective immune boosters available at Kerala Ayurveda include:
These products are enriched with immunity boosting herbs sourced from our own herbal farms as well as organic farms across India. For instance, Kerala Ayurveda collects all its amla from the wild forests of Chhattisgarh for preparing Chyavanprash and other herbal formulations.