Need for Immunity and Optimal Health during and after COVID times
“Immune boosting” is a trending topic during the COVID-19 pandemic. The concept of “Immune boosting” at times is scientifically misleading and often used to market unproven products and therapies. During these unprecedented times the highly popular immune-boosting is Herbal Tea or Kadha – Indian blend of herbs and spices.
India as a country is undergoing a nutritional shift, resulting in a diet that is high in fat, high in salt and high in sugar, with low fiber intake and a sedentary lifestyle. A large number of Indians have a lower intake of vitamins and other micro-nutrients which are essentials for overall optimal health. For example, intake of Zinc, and Vitamins C and D is seen to be generally lower than what is required for optimal immune function. Also, while omega-3 Fatty Acids EPA and DHA are essential, a typical Indian diet may not include it in adequate quantities, since these are found primarily in fish oil and a majority of the India population is vegetarians. These nutrition gaps have led to a rise in lifestyle diseases, as well as lower immunity levels.
Covid-19 or Corona Virus was declared as a global pandemic by the World Health Organization. And while the countries are grappling with imminent dangers that this virus poses to humanity, there are few key measures that individuals can take to fight this pandemic.
While it is crucial to mention hygiene standards like washing your hands frequently, especially if you have travelled by public transport. Using an alcohol sanitizer, in case you are travelling to disinfect your hands, wearing a mask (cover your nose and mouth) and avoiding touching your hand or mouth. There are also certain methods to improve your immunity which is paramount at this juncture.
A good diet should be followed by an exercise routine. Remember to exercise regularly; even light exercise will go a long way in releasing the toxins from your body. It is recommended to exercise for 30 to 45 minutes, depending on your stamina.
Specific measures are recommended in COVID-19 times
Drink warm water throughout the day.
Practice Meditation, Yoga and Pranayama.
Increase the intake of Turmeric, Cumin, Coriander and Garlic.
Drink herbal tea or decoction of Chamomile, Nettle Leaf, Tulsi Lemon, Hibiscus and Moringa.
Avoid sugar and replace it with jaggery if needed.
Apply Ghee (clarified butter), Sesame oil, or Coconut oil in both the nostrils to keep the nostrils clean.
Inhale steam with Mint leaves and Caraway Seeds.
While the battle against the Covid-19 pandemic is fought by our health care workers, we can do our bit by limiting our exposure to the virus by staying indoors, social distancing, eating healthy, hydrating and following basic hygiene protocol.
Herbal Tea is a homemade, aromatic drink that has numerous healing properties. It is used in India since ancient times but currently, it has again come into the limelight due to the Corona pandemic. Apart from boosting one’s immunity, the Herbal Tea relaxes the body, decreases body temperature, improves skin quality, strengthens stomach health, and much more.
There are many versions of herbal tea in the market but there are some basic ingredients which one must study, research and know:
TULSI LEMON TEA
Tulsi plant is considered auspicious in India and is worshiped in many parts of the Indian subcontinent. Tulsi plant and leaves offer numerous health benefits.
Chamomile is an herb that comes from daisy-like flower of the Asteraceae plant family. Chamomile tea is a popular beverage that also offers a variety of health benefits.
BUTTERFLY PEA TEA
Blue tea, or butterfly pea flower tea, is a caffeine-free herbal concoction, made by seeping dried or fresh leaves of the Clitoria Ternatea plant.
Hibiscus tea, made from dried parts of the hibiscus plant, is deep red in color. It has sweet and tart flavors, similar to cranberry, and may be consumed hot or iced.
Overall Benefits of Herbal Tea
Boosts immune system
Fights against respiratory complaints
During these Covid 19 pandemic, OMC Organic brings to India and the world Herbal Tea Blend and variety of Organic tea to help maintain body immunity and promote optimal health and overall well-being.