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Turmeric: The Star Ingredient of Home Remedies

Turmeric Home Remedies

Have you heard of golden milk? This new beverage has taken the world by storm in the recent years. They key ingredient that makes this drink golden is none other than our very own spice with superpowers – turmeric. While the world is recognizing the health benefits of turmeric - the amazing and versatile spice - now, it has been an integral part of the Indian kitchen for centuries. It is not only used as an ingredient in our daily food, it also features in Indian home remedies frequently.

The healing powers - the health benefits of turmeric - have been recognized in Ayurveda extensively. As increasing number of studies are being conducted to understand the various health benefits of turmeric, the world is eager to find new and exciting ways to include it in the diet. While the western world catches up, those of us who have grown up in Indian have at some point used turmeric as a home remedy. Curcumin, the key component in turmeric is responsible for many of its therapeutic qualities.

Let’s take a look at some common ways in which the health benefits of turmeric have found their way into home remedies.

Turmeric effects on skin

Cuts, Bruises & Wounds

If you’ve cut your finger while learning to cook, chances are that someone immediately took out the spice box to put some haldi powder on it. Its antiseptic qualities - some of the health benefits of turmeric - are the reason that this remedy has been effective for generations.

Turmeric powder for health

Digestion

Turmeric not only helps in building an appetite, it also improves digestion. It helps stimulates the secretion of digestive juices which are essential for proper functioning of the entire digestive system. Hot tea made with turmeric paste, ginger, lemon, and honey is good way to consume turmeric for this benefit.

Turmeric powder health benefits

Cold & Cough

Haldi doodh is a concoction often recommended by elders to tackle the seasonal colds and coughs. To make this drink, spices such as cardamom, pepper, ginger, and cinnamon are added to boiling milk with haldi powder. Honey can also be added as it helps soothe a sore throat. Turmeric’s anti-inflammatory, antiseptic and expectorant properties empower us to fight cold and chest ailments speedily. Turmeric in warm milk is a timeless home remedy.

Turmeric benefits for acne

Acne & Skin Troubles

A face pack made of besan (gram flour) along with haldi powder and milk can help in reducing the appearance of acne and its scars. This face pack can also help brighten skin and reduce uneven skin tone. Antiseptic, anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory properties of turmeric provide this benefit. This turmeric pack is a great home remedy for dull skin.

For these home remedies to be effective, it is important to use pure haldi with high amount curcumin content. Tata Sampann’s Turmeric Powder offers at least 3% of curcumin. This naturally rich powder is a perfect choice for all your culinary needs and home remedies.

 

 



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The views and opinions expressed, and assumptions & analysis presented in this content piece are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of any other agency, organization, employer or company. The information, including but not limited to, text, graphics, images and other material contained on this website are for informational purposes only. The purpose of this website is to promote broad consumer understanding and knowledge of various health topics. It is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health care provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition or treatment and before undertaking a new health care regimen, and never disregard professional medical advice or delay in seeking it because of something you have read on this website.

 



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Improving The Immune System During Monsoon

Dr. Shweta U. Shah

Dr. Shweta U. Shah
15 September 2020

This article is authored by Dr. Shweta U. Shah. A practicing homeopath, she follows a patient-centred perspective, emphasizing the benefits of natural remedies and herbs, homeopathy and whole food nutrition.

We all know that the monsoon season is pretty much synonymous with the flu season and you most definitely would want to perk up your immune mechanism all through the monsoons, right? It is extremely vital that your immune system should be strong and your immune response should be on point so that you can battle all the infection causing agents.

Eating certain specific foods all through the rainy season can help increase immunity and stave off bacteria, fungi and viruses from attacking you. Let’s weigh in on what you can do to step up the working of the immune system; what to steer clear off, and what are the best foods to improve your immune system.

Immune Boosting Foods

Top 3 immune-boosting foods for the monsoon

Here are 3 superfoods that can help you increase immunity and keep your immune mechanism in good shape!

1. Garlic: Garlic proffers the enzyme alliinase that converts alliin to allicin - an element that can bolsters the immune mechanism considerably and combats infections successfully. Allicin is most bio-available when consumed raw and importantly, when crushed well before consuming. Chop up a flake of garlic and gulp it down with a glass of water!

2. Turmeric: This golden yellow spice is loaded with a potent antioxidant – curcumin. Curcumin encourages the chief fighting cells of the immune system and ensures that you stay fighting fit. Fortunately, we add powdered haldi to practically all our dishes! You could also crank it up a notch by drinking a cup of haldi doodh every night. Tata Sampann Turmeric Powder is sourced from the fields of Salem and provides 3% curcumin.

3. Lime: Limes contain vitamin C which is very crucial for an optimally working immune system. The vitamin helps fight free radicals, thwarts inflammation and reduces the duration and intensity of infections. Kickstart your day with a glass of lime juice and add loads of freshly squeezed lime to your salads and curries.

3 things to do to rev up the working of the immune system

1. Increase your intake of probiotics: Probiotics help you increase immunity and how! They enhance the amount of good bacteria that is very critical to your overall health. In fact, the probiotics in your gut are associated with a strong immune mechanism. So, make sure you have plenty of dahi everyday – jump-start your day with a yogurt smoothie, add dahi to your gravies and create a new raita daily.

2. Drink plenty of water: You need to drink a minimum of 8 glasses of water per day for your body to work well. Water flushes out all noxious wastes from the body and is needed for the movement of mucus and phlegm – the two strong fences for microbes. It isn’t possible to work an efficient defense system against microbes if you are dehydrated, because water is required for the mucus and phlegm which trap microbes. Hence, ensure that you keep your body well hydrated and drink 8 to 10 glasses of water every day. Don’t wait to feel thirsty; drink water through the day!

3. Work on your stress management techniques: : Stress wreaks complete havoc on your immune system. When you’re under stress, your body releases large amounts of cortisol. This cortisol raises your blood pressure and elevates blood sugar levels and leads to a weakened immunity. Whilst, it is not likely that you will be able to circumvent all the stressors, it is possible to deal with them better. Integrate – a hobby, Yoga, meditation, swimming, Tai Chi or some other stress buster in to your daily schedule. It works miracles!

3 Things to avoid since they decelerate the working of the immune system

1. Excessive sugar consumption: How to Increase Immune SystemThe sugar is being called an anti-nutrient; it has no nutrients of its own, it provides empty calories, and what’s worse is it takes nutrients away from your body. This depletion of vital nutrients compromises the immune system, seriously affecting its capacity to fight off infections. Thus, you need to cut back on your consumption of sugar.

2. A sluggish, sedentary lifestyle: Not exercising regularly unfavourably affects your immune response. Regular exercise has been associated with good immune functioning and lesser episodes of infections and ailments. Exercise boosts blood circulation as well as the movement of lymphatic fluid and thus helps you increase immunity.

3. A diet devoid of fruits: Fruits are contain robust anti-oxidants, vitamins and minerals. The immune system needs these powerful elements to wipe out infection causing microbes and prevent infections from striking. Amp up your intake of - apples, mangoes, berries, pineapples, guavas, watermelon – all the fruits that are in season - they help the immune system hunt down injurious invaders. Added bonus – they guarantee you a radiant skin and fabulous hair!

Feeling sick can be really awful. That’s why it is so very essential to look after your immune system. Armed with all this information, you can concentrate on building a good lifestyle routine which will shore up your immune system.

 



DISCLAIMER

The views and opinions expressed, and assumptions & analysis presented in this content piece are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of any other agency, organization, employer or company. The information, including but not limited to, text, graphics, images and other material contained on this website are for informational purposes only. The purpose of this website is to promote broad consumer understanding and knowledge of various health topics. It is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health care provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition or treatment and before undertaking a new health care regimen, and never disregard professional medical advice or delay in seeking it because of something you have read on this website.

 

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