If you are one of those people who just can't avoid getting the flu repeatedly during the winter months, it may be time to start considering prevention. Rather than avoiding social interaction due to germs or staying indoors as much as possible (this will only make your immune system worse), consider some homemade remedies that are effective at protecting your organism from the flu.
The good news is you don't have to search far — we've done research and talked with professionals for you. As a result, we can bring you the ultimate guide on how to avoid the flu in the colder months.
The DIY style is our favorite, so you won't need to spend much money or time on preparation. Nature offers many anti-inflammatory ingredients that can also taste good! The best combination involves ginger, pineapple or oranges, turmeric and elderberry, so let's consider one tasty drink made from these: Indian turmeric milk
Indian turmeric milk recipe
This potion is also known as golden milk or haldi doodh, which is Hindi for "turmeric milk." It's an ancient Indian immune-boosting remedy made with milk and spices that is proven to bring numerous benefits to the body. This is particularly relevant if you are looking to avoid flu and inflammations.
Turmeric is known for its healing properties and curcumin (a chemical contained within turmeric) has a super-high antioxidant content, so it effectively fights off inflammation. Preparation is really simple and doesn't cost much. Ideally, prepare it at least twice per week in the colder months of the year (though you will crave it even more in the summer!).
Ingredients you'll need
- 2 cups fresh whole or almond milk
- 1/2-1 tsp of turmeric powder
- 2-3 whole black peppercorns
- 2-3 whole cardamom pods, cracked
- 1/2 inch chopped ginger
- Blend the spices into the milk and heat for 2-3 minutes.
- Add any sweeteners if desired (the taste will be sufficiently sweet without, but sweeteners are always a good option for kids).
- Allow the mixture to cool until it gets to room temperature.
- Strain and serve.
Some prefer it cooled in the fridge, so try both versions and figure it out yourself. The drink is best enjoyed with friends and family — and it will prevent them from developing inflammations and scaring you with their germs, so it's a win-win situation!