It is getting more and more necessary to keep our respiratory system in check to be able to fight harmful pollutants and deadly viruses, like COVID-19, that is haunting all of us now.
The human respiratory system includes the nose, pharynx, larynx, trachea, bronchi and lungs; all these organs are responsible for breathing, i.e., taking in oxygen and expelling carbon dioxide. Lungs are the centre of our respiratory system, and they help oxygen enter the red blood cells and release carbon dioxide when we exhale, making these pair of organs quite significant. Lungs function 24/7 to make the air we inhale free from pollutants, and so they need loads of lubrication, a balanced diet and proper care to ensure it works effectively.
If our lungs are not working properly, we may inhale harmful toxins and pollutants that may cause the common cold, coughing, wheezing and watery eyes. One research suggests that COVID-19 may cause respiratory tract infection. COVID-19 is one of the respiratory ailments, as it affects the respiratory tract in humans, be it the upper respiratory tract- sinuses, nose, throat or lower respiratory tract- windpipe, lungs. So to stay safe during these difficult times, it is best to keep our respiratory health in check.
And to so, one does not have to look out for “Sanjeevani Booti,” one can find Indian spices that can do wonders to boost your respiratory health. These spices are easily available in Indian household. Let’s have a look at some of them, shall we??
Turmeric has been used in traditional medicine for ages, as it has immense health benefits. This spice is known for its anti-inflammatory & antiseptic properties. The antioxidants present in the turmeric helps in cleansing the lungs naturally, and flushing out the toxins from the system, thus strengthens the immune response. All the goodness of turmeric comes from a compound called Curcumin. Moreover, turmeric is naturally anti-viral, so it also keeps viral infections that affect the lungs at bay and our body healthy. One can consume turmeric raw or consume the turmeric powder with warm milk; it is also one of the key ingredients in herbal concoctions.
Ginger is probably the most widely used home remedies to cure cough and cold. It is also used to treat respiratory ailments, thanks to its anti-viral properties. It is also loaded with many vitamins and minerals, including potassium, magnesium, beta-carotene and zinc. Ginger, basically, acts as a disinfectant that clearing toxins from the respiratory tract. A few studies also state that certain extracts of ginger kill lung cancer cells. One can add raw ginger or dry ginger powder in tea or kadha.
Black pepper is also one of the home remedies to cure a cold and cough. Black pepper contains a chemical compound named piperine, which is responsible for all its health benefits. Black pepper is especially used in winter by adding a pinch of black pepper powder & turmeric powder to a glass of warm milk and consume it hot. Black pepper powder is also used in green tea. There are some misconceptions about the side effects of consuming black pepper, but they are not true. Black pepper has no side effects. Moreover, consuming black pepper mixed with honey also helps with chest congestion.
- Essential Vitamins like Vitamin D & Vitamin C also helps ward off a respiratory infection.
- If symptoms get worse and you are having breathing issues, always seek immediate medical care.
The healing properties of these spices are believed to protect our lungs from harmful toxins and pollutants and treat common respiratory problems. They also improve overall health and bolsters immunity. However, when consuming these spices, make sure that they are authentic, fresh and unadulterated. The spices from cyimpex are 100% authentic and without any inferior particles.
One can buy out Vasant spices from our Online Masala Store; they are also available at your nearby grocery store and on Amazon & Flipkart.