It is the season of cold and flu. But when it comes to keeping these illnesses at bay or getting a cure, your diet plays an important role. Celebrity nutritionist Rujuta Diwekar recently shared “nani ke nushkhe” or some home remedies you can rely on to alleviate cough, cold and flu.
“Local ingredients, seasonal produce, spices and ghee have been the backbone of our food traditions, especially when one is under the weather or recovering from a flu,” Diwekar wrote on Instagram.
Here’s what she suggested:
* Ghee, dry ginger powder, turmeric and jaggery mixed in small amounts and rolled into small balls. This is the first thing you should eat in the morning and the last thing before bedtime. Studies have shown that curcumin in turmeric has anti-microbial properties, and reduces symptoms of cold and flu. Jaggery, on the other hand, boosts immunity and helps control body temperature while ginger has several medicinal properties and is known to soothe cough and ward off feelings of nausea which may accompany cold or flu.
* For breakfast, have ragi porridge or dosa. Ragi is high in dietary fibre and antioxidants. It is a rich source of iron and calcium.
* Mix cashew and jaggery and have it as a mid-morning snack. Cashew is rich in minerals and Vitamin C and helps boost immunity. It has no cholesterol and keeps the mind calm.
* For lunch, have moong dal and rice with ghee every day.
* For evening snack, have jaggery, poha and milk. You can also have egg with bread toast. Poha is known to be a good probiotic. Probiotics are helpful in preventing upper respiratory tract infections although evidence is inconsistent, according to a study in Canadian Medical Association Journal.
* Dal khichdi or fish and rice for dinner. You can also try kulith or horsegram pithla with rice and ghee.
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Gharelu nuskhe for cough, cold and flu. The time-tested wisdom from our kitchens and grandmoms shouldn’t need a pandemic to come back into limelight. Local ingredients, seasonal produce, spices and ghee have been the back bone of our food traditions, especially when one is under the weather or recovering from a flu. So dig in, chew it slowly and pass it on to the next generation. And do it exactly like your grandma did – with love. Here is a quick list – 1. Ghee, dry ginger powder (soonth), haldi, jaggery – mix in equal amounts, roll into nail size balls and eat first thing in the morning and last thing in the night. 2. Breakfast – ragi porridge or dosa 3. Mid-morning – Cashews + jaggery 3. Lunch – moong dal with rice and ghee – everyday 4. Evening snack – Jaggery, poha & milk OR egg with toast OR home set curd & Poha. 5. Dinner – Dal khichdi OR fish & rice Or Kulith (horsegram) pithla with rice & ghee. 6. Special drink – Ginger, lemon, lemon grass and honey chai OR like a Kashmiri kawah with kesar, ginger and almonds. Anytime during the day.
Besides, Diwekar also suggested making tea with ginger, lemon, lemon grass and honey or having an equivalent of Kashmiri kahwa with kesar, ginger and almonds, anytime during the day.
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