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In 2020, when COVID-19 pandemic hit the world badly, the first and foremost home remedy that surfaced on social media was homemade kadha. From nutritionists to medical experts, everyone started suggesting drinking 2-3 cups of kadha daily.
Kadha has been a part of Ayurveda for years and refers to a herbal drink that is made by boiling herbal or plant material which may include stems, roots, bark, and even rhizomes.
What is Kadha?
Kadha is an Ayurvedic remedy that has various health benefits. It's made by boiling edible medicinal plants like giloy, guduchi, mulethi, laung, tulsi and spices like cinnamon, ginger and more.
The drink helps in fighting seasonal infections and flu. It's extremely beneficial for people suffering from arthritis, headaches, asthma, urinary tract infection, bronchitis and hepatic disorders.
Common ingredients used to make kadha include black pepper, cinnamon, turmeric, giloy, ashwagandha, cardamom, and ginger. While these are good stimulants during winters, these items create immense heat in the body. Excessive consumption of these can be harmful and cause problems like nose bleed, persistent acidity, lead to mouth ulcers and black stools. While making kadhas, one has to be extremely careful about the quantity of herbs and spices that are being used to make it, these can cause long-term effects too!
How can Kadha help during COVID-19?
As per experts, kadha is one of the best remedies to boost your immunity and thus keep coronavirus away. Since it's a decoction of herbs and spices, it's loaded with antioxidants that help in boosting immunity. There are various reports that claim coronavirus is affecting those with compromised immunity, which makes kadha a healthy choice during these tough times. However, overdoing it can have its own repurcussions on the body.
Kirti Sabnis, Infectious Disease Specialist, Fortis Hospital, Kalyan and Mulund, says: “There is a balance between an immune system that is effective at limiting the ability of bacteria, viruses, and parasites to cause infection and a hyperactive immune system that can cause such problems as allergies, diabetes, and other types of auto-inflammatory and auto-immune disorders.”
Immunity suppression, not boosting, is used to treat certain severe cases of Covid-19 infection. Our immune system has two broad components, innate and adaptive immunity, which were explained in our previous Alt News Science article.
How to take Kadha the right way?
- Have kadha an hour after you wake up or in the evening between 4 pm and 5 pm.
- Do not have kadha empty stomach as the ingredients present in it can lead to acidity. You can consume it after breakfast.
- Do not consume more than 150 ml of kadha in one go. Consuming too much at a time can make you feel nauseous and acidic.
- Limit the number of warm ingredients like black pepper and ginger in your kadha.
- Add honey to your kadha as it helps neutralise acidity and heartburn
- If you are a diabetic, avoiding using too much honey or mulethi in kadha
How to Make Kadha?
2-3 litres of water
Fistful of Tulsi leaves
1 teaspoon of fresh ginger
1 teaspoon of fresh turmeric
2 ground peppercorns
1 cinnamon stick
Ways to Make
Take a utensil and pour the water into it. Add all the spices to the utensil, and boil it nicely. If you are putting in 3 litres of water, let it boil down to 2 litres. Then strain the mixture and have it early in the morning when the kadha is warm.
|All the spices included in this kadha are known for their immunity-boosting qualities, especially the antioxidant haldi or turmeric. It is a good antiseptic and anti-fungal spice. It helps in fighting any kind of infection in our body. As for ginger, it is great for the immune system as it is antibacterial and anti-parasitic.|
Home remedies to boost immune system
Excessive intake of zinc and Vitamin D & C supplements: Zinc was commonly consumed in the past year. There is some evidence that zinc can help curb the virus, but again, we do not have enough evidence to verify the quantity of supplement consumption. High levels of zinc, can lead to a depressed, rather than a strengthened immune system. FDA has also warned consumers that zinc nasal sprays can lead to loss of smell! Vitamin-D toxicity is developed when there is excess intake! High amount of calcium in your blood (hypercalcemia) can cause nausea, vomiting, weakness, and frequent urination.
Steam inhalation: While steam inhalation is said to be an age-old home remedy for the common cold, it can’t help in fighting a virus like Covid-19. Moreover, steam can cause swelling of the eyes, redness of the eye, dry eye, continuous watering of the eye, etc. It can also affect the skin, and may even burn it when overexposed to steam. It also causes the skin on the face and neck to become dry, leading to fungal or bacterial skin infections.
Saltwater gargling: Most experts recommend saltwater gargles twice a day for people having sore throat but too much salt water can also have health risks, such as calcium deficiency and high blood pressure. Also, over-gargling with hot water can cause mouth ulcers, and repeated drinking of hot water can cause stomach ulcers.
Bathing with disinfectants: As soon as the pandemic hit us, people began to wash food with bleach, applied household cleaning or disinfectant products to bare skin, and intentionally inhaled or ingested the cleaners. Some even started bathing with disinfectants. There is enough evidence that states that inappropriate use of disinfectants can cause poisoning!
Is it safe to take Kadha during summer?
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Since all the ingredients used in kadha are warm in nature, thus a common question that arises is, should kadha be consumed during summer?
Kadha is a healthy drink and should be had during the cold and dry season. If someone is consuming kadha in excess during the summer season, it can lead to various health issues like acidity, high blood pressure, anxiety, nose bleeding, heartburn and nausea etc.
The thermogenic nature of common kadha ingredients can make one suffer from all the problems. The heating up can have worse effects due to the already existing summer conditions.
But it doesn't mean you cannot consume kadha during summer.
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