Boost Your Immunity—Naturally!

Tips for boosting your immunity system to fight common health conditions naturally

Team RD Published Jul 18, 2020 00:00:00 IST
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Fight cough and cold

Dilute a pinch of paprika and one teaspoon of honey with two tablespoonfuls of lime juice in half a cup of water and take it every morning to prevent colds. Take this concoction thrice a day if you already have a cold.

For dry coughs

Make a brew of two tablespoons of ginger juice, one tablespoon of garlic juice, a pinch of turmeric powder and two green cardamom pods in 100 ml water. Bring to a boil and allow it to simmer for two minutes. Strain, add one teaspoon of rock sugar (mishri) and drink warm. Repeat two to three times a day until the cough subsides.

For stronger immunity

Boil five green cardamom pods and two cloves in two litres of water and drink this water daily to improve immunity.

—Charmaine D’Souza, a health and nutrition consultant


Balance acidic and alkaline

Ideally, your body should be 80 per cent alkaline and 20 per cent acidic. A more acidic body is prone to viral and bacterial attacks. So, avoid processed and canned foods, sugar, alcohol and refined foods. An alkali-rich diet includes antioxidant- and fibre-rich fruits and vegetables that promote gut and kidney health.

Stay hydrated

Drink lots of plain water, lemon water, coconut water, amla juice and fresh fruit or vegetable juices.

Spice up meals

Add spices such as black pepper and cinnamon, ginger, rock salt, turmeric and garlic in meals.

Fight respiratory issues

Take a daily dose of vitamin C-rich foods such as amla, citrus fruits and lemon.

—Salila Tewari, naturopath and founder of Swasth Bachao Andolan


Supplement your body

Vitamins C, D, B-complex, zinc and magnesium are all important. Research shows vitamin D may be more effective than the flu vaccine for flu prevention. Take supplements under your doctor’s supervision.

Switch to healthy fats

Cook with cold-pressed mustard, sesame, coconut, olive oil or desi ghee.

Go for the gut

Boost gut health with fermented foods, prebiotic fibre, or even psyllium husk (isabgul).

Get herbal help

Herbal remedies can keep your immunity robust—tulsi (1 capsule or a few leaves once a day); guduchi (decoction or one finger-long stem crushed and boiled); neem leaves (two or three every day).

—Ishi Khosla, clinical nutritionist and founder of, Celiac Society of India and Whole Foods India
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