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The world is going through some pretty scary times right now. Even though the pandemic is slowly ending and the world is getting back to normal, it’s alright to worry and still be scared.
And one of the questions that most of our readers seem to wonder about is what can I do to make myself healthier? What can I do to ward off the virus?
Well, while we can’t tell you a sure-fire answer, we do have some suggestions for you.
Your immune system is responsible for warding off any virus and battling an infection, should you get sick. A strong immune system acts like a suit of armor against the illness, so you need to do all you can to strengthen it.
Numerous simple ingredients can be added to your meals both to give them more flavor and to boost your immune system (it’s a double win, really!).
Ginger is a potent healing agent and is choc-full of antioxidants. It has long been a much – revered ingredient in Asian cuisine, known for its anti-inflammatory and detoxifying benefits.
Garlic is also full of active compounds that can battle disease, which is why many herbal remedies recommend it for the common cold (as well as stronger issues!).
Turmeric is great when combined with other antioxidant-rich foods and spices because it increases the body’s overall antioxidant capacity. Not only that, but it also serves to flush out any toxins and acts as a potent anti-inflammatory.
Curry boosts your bones, reduces inflammation and even has active ingredients that have been shown to combat neurodegenerative afflictions (like Alzheimer’s) and can even prevent cancer. At this point, you have no excuse for not including it in your diet.
Paprika is another great addition to your diet. Its high Vitamin E content helps heal wounds. It’s also rich in Vitamin C, which supports cardiovascular health… as well as the immune system!
Star anise oil is used to treat the common cold and the flu, because of its high content of thymol, terpineol and anethole, all known for their restorative powers.
Oregano is rich in carvacrol (it’s what gives it that pungent smell) which has been shown to fight infection and kill bacteria.
Coriander is another great source of antioxidants and has been shown to reduce the damage caused by free radicals.
Cumin is a lesser – known member of Middle Eastern cuisine, but it’s no less potent than any of the others mentioned. Antioxidants in cumin fight off inflammation, aid digestion and the spice itself may even improve cholesterol levels. Of course, it’s also great for the immune system.
The best thing about these spices is that they are incredibly versatile. You don’t need to cook something complicated and the above can be added to pretty much any meal.
And since you’re spending a little more time at home, it’s a perfect chance to indulge in some experimental cooking!