We often find ourselves falling sick very easily in winter. Isn’t it? For many of us winter is the season for colds, stomach viruses and the flu. The flu virus is more active in winter. Researchers have found that when internal body temperatures begin to drop because of the cold air and wind, the body’s immune system also decreases in its ability to fight the virus that causes the common cold.
It’s very important to wash hands regularly in winter to stay healthy. Exercising and eating right go a long way in keeping your immune system strong in winter. Consumption of fresh fruits and vegetables is very helpful. You can prepare your own immunity booster at home by blending some powerful ingredients. This drink will not only make your immune system strong but also make you glow all winter.
Recipe- Ingredients needed and the preparation
To prepare this powerful drink you would need grapefruit, lemon, orange, honey and thyme. Just blend all of them. Don’t add sugar to enhance its taste. You might not like the taste but it’s full of antioxidants and vitamin C that help build our immunity. Citrus fruits are acidic so it’s better not to combine them with other sweet fruits. The addition of thyme to this blend of citrus fruits makes it a perfect immunity booster.
Let’s look at the individual benefits of grapefruit, thyme, orange, honey and lemon.
Benefits of grapefruit
Grapefruit is an amazing fruit that’s low in calories and full of nutrients. It’s good for the skin and helps to lower the risk of many diseases. Grapefruit can be your best friend as it boosts weight loss as a part of an overall healthy and varied diet. Grapefruits combat free radicals and are good for the heart. Grapefruits may have the potential to prevent diabetes. Half of a medium-sized grapefruit contains the following major nutrients:
- Carbs-13 grams
- Protein- 1 gram
- Fiber- 2 grams
- Vitamin C- 64% of the RDI
- Vitamin A- 28% of the RDI
- Potassium- 5% of the RDI
- Thiamine- 4% of the RDI
- Folate- 5% of the RDI
- Magnesium- 3% of the RDI
*RDI- Reference Daily Intake
Benefits of thyme
Thyme is a powerful herb that can do wonders. It protects against hypertension and helps in fighting off
Due to its antiseptic and antibiotic properties, it can serve as a great remedy for cold, cough and sore throat. According to a study, it’s known to treat bronchitis. This herb has an aqueous extract that reduces blood pressure in hypertensive conditions. Since thyme is rich in iron, vitamin K, calcium
Benefits of orange
Many of us know that oranges are excellent source of vitamin C and boost our immunity but other than this they have over 170 different phytochemicals and more than 60 flavonoids that have anti-inflammatory properties and strong antioxidant effects.
Oranges also contain other vitamins such as thiamine, riboflavin, niacin, vitamin B-6, folate, pantothenic acid, phosphorus, magnesium, manganese, selenium and copper in small quantities. Oranges keep blood pressure under check and also lower our cholesterol level. The natural fruit sugar in oranges helps in keeping blood sugar levels from rising too high after eating. Oranges may help in reducing the risk of respiratory diseases, cancers, ulcers and kidney stones.
Benefits of honey
Honey is not only sweet but also a good antiseptic. They have antibacterial properties and studies have found that honey can help prevent conditions like gastroesophageal reflux. Honey helps heal burns and minimizes seasonal allergies and fights off bacterial infections. Honey is rich in antioxidants that help in lowering blood pressure. Honey can treat cough by reducing its symptoms. It also eases sinus problems and is excellent for our skin.
Benefits of lemon
Many of us start our day with a glass of lemon water and we all know how refreshing it is. Lemons are high in vitamin-C, fiber, potassium, calcium, magnesium, phosphorus and many beneficial plant compounds. They support heart health, help in weight loss, prevent kidney stones, protect against anaemia, reduce cancer risk and improve digestive health. Lemons help with digestion, regulating natural bowel movement.
Lemons have anti-inflammatory properties that help in fighting respiratory tract infections. They flush out toxins from our body and keep our liver clean and healthy. They are powerful detoxifying agents and maintain the ph balance of the body.
Now that we know all the benefits let’s enjoy this super powerful drink to become stronger this winter.