ImmunityWe asked our members as a part of a contest by Tetley #DailyDetox  the below mentioned question on how to build immunity and got some amazing answers and suggestions from our super moms ‘While you enjoy the incessant shower of joy and delight during the monsoon season, tell us how you stay away from illness and build immunity during the monsoon season with #DailyDetox

Sapna Karnwaludaiwal:  ****WINNING ENTRY****

We need to take extra care of our health during monsoon because it not only brings cool showers but lots of infections and illness along because our digestion ,metabolism becomes weak this time.So needs to be extra careful.I prefer to have Green tea with lemon and honey after every meal to aid to my digestion I add tulsi ,ginger, cinnamon black pepper to my regular tea. It’s really good to keep the seasonal infections at bay      and boost immunity .Chew dry roasted fennel seeds (called Saunf in hindi) after meal.It is good for digestion  and combat constipation as well. Avoid raw food in monsoon.Say no to street food .Freshly cooked homemade food is best bet.

Anchal Kapur: ****WINNING ENTRY****

Being close to nature in terms of what you eat & do, is the best way to build immunity & stay illness free. Eat well, sleep well throughout the year. And enjoy a season the way nature wants you to enjoy it. Here’s my immunity concoction – lemon juice of half or one lemon, 1 tbsp honey, pinch of haldi & few drops of ginger juice. Take it 2-3 times a day. For my 2.5 year old son, I give it once a day…..But like I said, this is not season specific. Overall, have lot of fruits & vegetables,especially in raw form, and reduce junk food.

Namrata Anirudh Saraf: ****WINNING ENTRY****

Much like the name of the contest detoxification should be an ongoing process and we should be able to eliminate waste and toxins that have accumulated in our body everyday by what we eat and how we live!We must start our day with water! Followed by fruits!Fruits contain essential vitamins and minerals and are absorbed way faster in the body that cereals which takes hours! It is important therefore to have fruits on an empty stomach so it’s absorbed and assimilated well in our body and should never be combined with cereals as they turn acidic due to slow peristaltic movement  when mixed with cereals! Having fruits flushes out leftovers from our stomach and pushes it away  cleaning our intestines and essentially giving it a wash.Having water before meals and not during is a very important habit that goes a long way in not assimilating toxins  and  therefore helping in daily detoxification!I have been vegan for over 4 years and by curtailing dairy and animal products and adopting a plant based diet one improves their organ health and their overall well being!! Soaked nuts is my favourite bowl to reach out to every morning as it not only is yummy  but provides us with essential fatty acids and omega 3 helping in revitalising and  strengthening our organs! Preety Tyagi :I am a fan of turmeric detox in warm water. Mostly early mornings. I take care of sourcing pure turmeric and getting it ground myself. It keeps my tummy happy and skin radiant. Tulsi leaves are excellent for my immunity boost as well. Kids know the tulsi leaves ritual by heart at my home.     Oshna Kathuria Makkar :I boil water with ingredients – giloy, tulsi, ginger , black pepper and cinnamon…then I have same water(warm) every morning …Also evening tea at my home is made with same water.This water can be stored in refrigerator for good two days.If you have giloy daily in this change of season..then you can definitely get rid of illness.It makes our immune system really strong.     Namita Khanna : To keep my family away from illness n infections I soak 10 neem leaves, 20 Tulsi leaves, A small stick of Mulathi & Ajwain in a in 2 glasses of water in a copper bowl and let the mixture stand overnight. First thing in the morning boil it down to half then add some Gur into it & consume it empty stomach.     Kirti Behl Kapoor: I think eating everything one likes and being in a happy state of mind is the key to good health. My grandmother used to include haldi, ajwain, adrak & Hing in our daily meals. And also we ate pure ghee and Malai with meals in our house. In a joint family of 16, hardly anybody felt sick during monsoons. I try including all these things in my daily cooking and touchwood my kids have adapted well to the weather changes. I really don’t bother much  about minor coughs and cold though!   Vineeta Kanaujia: Season change is always a time for cold cough and body ache. First of all I give my FAMILY Tulsa and ginger tea. I add a masala of cinnamon kalimirch and long powdered to tea to ward off unwanted infections. I use a mix of dry roasted methi seeds, fennel seeds michri and white pepper powder with milk or warm water to keep skin infections at bay. We also apply camphor induced coconut oil on skin to keep mosquitoes at bay. Lastly we burn camphor in morning and evening to keep atmosphere clean and positive   Rajashree Nedungadi: Detox – a word that is fashionably used today , though our ancestors used it in their daily life. As a policy I eat only seasonal veggies, eat my dinner by 5.30 p.m. walk daily sleep between 9.30 and 10.00 . Also am a complete home remedy person. So haldi wala doodh for cold, to ginger paste on forehead for headaches to yoga as part of my daily routine . Also think happy, live and let live happy   Ritu Ritz :Ginger in tea,Warm water one hour post meals.,Tulsi, cinnamon powder boiled in water. Haldi in warm milk.No outside shoes inside home.Changing outside clothes before sitting on bed to avoid  germs.Kept me healthy during monsoons.     Tanuja Prasad Dod :My detox regime- first thing after waking up in the mornings- go and spend time with my plants, my green babies and my Mowgli baby, my hound second, call my parents and spend at least 5 mins wishing them a very good morning.. thirdly, have a glass of warm water with a squeeze of lemon, a tsp of wild honey & a pinch each of rock salt and black pepper powder.     Lakshmi Jayaraman: Stay Happy .Drink lots of water .Eat whatever food you want in moderation,exercise everyday Sit and share a cup of tea with the elders around you . Never crib about anybody .Accept everybody as they are as you cannot change anyones nature . Radiate happiness with your beautiful smile and pleasant genuine talk. Indulge in hobbies and self time.     Sarita Goel: Wake up at early morning drink plain warm water with eyes closed n do yoga plus breathing exercises…. Sun gazing n sun bathing is must for every day. Go more on alkaline things likes vegetables. For detox go for dairy free diet.if possible than do water fast it will cleanse your system .take local vegetable soup n local fruits. Give rest to your body talk less, spend time with yourself n do meditation…… healing power is inside our body we don’t need outside things   Prachi K Monga :The best trick actually that works has  to be started right from the beginning…my mum did with me and I did with my son..iI hope all new mothers can benefit from it. To make the immune system strong please don’t be overprotective to your kids…from the beginning I gave cold stuff to my son in winters…didn’t burry him in layers n layers of clothing if weather changed, we ate carefully from hygienic places but yes we did n still eat golgappas, kachoris and other street  foods in monsoons, many such small steps has built our immune system strong. The more overprotective you become the more immune system tends to become weak!!Rest, an apple a day and almonds in the morning really work in favour of our good health.

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