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Build Your Immunity to Fight Covid: Watermelon cooler with Tulsi and Aloe Vera

This easy summer recipe made with simple ingredients available in your kitchen, including watermelon, tulsi leaves and aloe vera, will boost your immunity to fight the coronavirus.

UPDATED: May 5, 2021 10:27 IST

While it is crucial to maintain hygiene, wash hands, use alcohol-based sanitisers, wear masks and avoid touching hands and mouth to fight coronavirus externally, a proper and healthy diet is also paramount to improve immunity and combat the deadly virus within the body.

The foods we consume play a key role in determining our overall health and immunity. Eating low-carb diets will help control high blood sugar levels and cut down diabetes. Adding Omega 3 and Omega 6 fatty acids to your daily diet can effectively control depression and anxiety caused by social isolation.

Similarly, consuming Vitamin C and healthy plant compounds can enable the body to heal from within. Shikha Mahajan, senior nutritionist at Diet Podium in Delhi, tells us how having an easy watermelon cooler, infused with the goodness of tulsi and aloe vera, is very therapeutic and helps strengthen the immune system. She says this summer drink is excellent for hydration as it is not only high in water content but also contains essential minerals like potassium and magnesium to lower blood pressure.

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INGREDIENTS

5-6 large cubes of watermelon

5 – 6 leaves of tulsi

2 – 3 teaspoons of aloe vera gel

1 teaspoon of black salt

1/2 teaspoon of black pepper powder

1/4 cup of water

1-2 tablespoon of lemon juice

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HOW TO MAKE

Watermelon is rich in vitamins and antioxidants.

De-seed the watermelon cubes and blend tulsi leaves, aloe vera gel, black salt, lemon juice, water and black pepper powder with it till everything is mixed well. Adjust salt and pepper as per your taste. Strain the mixture in a strainer and put some ice in it. Serve the watermelon cooler chilled.

WHEN TO DRINK

The ideal time to have a cooling drink like this one is in the afternoon. Such drinks can be consumed daily, but it is better to change the fruits often so that you get a variety of nutrients instead of the same daily.

BENEFITS

Aloe Vera has been used for centuries as a medicinal plant.

Strong immunity is helpful against all diseases and their after-effects.

Mahajan says watermelon, tulsi and aloe vera are cooling fruits and herbs. Watermelon is rich in minerals, vitamins and antioxidants, while aloe vera and tulsi have healing properties and both are anti-inflammatory in nature. All three ingredients together will help boost the immune system.

Source-https://www.indiatoday.in/lifestyle/health/story/build-your-immunity-to-fight-covid-watermelon-cooler-with-tulsi-and-aloe-vera-1798802-2021-05-04

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