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Go the Natural Way: 5 Natural Antibiotics in Your Kitchen Shelf

Happy Sankranti!

Raise a toast to good health this Bhogi. Let the ills of the times gone by burn away and give way to a Healthier tomorrow. This Sankranti, make a pledge to start living a healthy lifestyle. Keep away health disorders and antibiotic medications.

Synthetically made antibiotics are known for its ill effects on the body – developing resistance and intolerance, side effects, destruction of healthy bacteria etc.

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So, get closer to nature and go the natural way. Look into your kitchen shelf for natural antibiotics, if you ever need them. Some foods help defend your body against microbes, buildup immunity and prevent a wide variety of illnesses such as:

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Garlic: Garlic contains allicin, a compound similar to penicillin. A diet with garlic helps reduce cholesterol, triglycerides and blood pressure. It also acts as an expectorant and decongestant.

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Ginger: More than just being a zesty and spicy flavoring agent, ginger is known for antibacterial effect on respiratory and periodontal infections, for prevention of drug resistant microbial diseases. Add a slice of ginger to your brewing tea to get the antibiotic effects.

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Honey: Medicinal importance of honey has been documented in the world's oldest medical literatures.  Raw honey is one of the best natural antibiotics. It boosts immunity, detoxifies the blood and improves liver function.

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Green Tea: The active ingredient of green tea, epigallocatechingallate (EGCG), is effective against certain strains of oral bacteria. Its high antioxidant content helps to cleanse the body of the toxins.  Green tea combats infections such as E-coli and Streptococcus along with other antibiotics.

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Turmeric: This has antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties, which is useful for treating topical cuts and wounds and a wide range of infections.

So, the next time you feel sick, try adding some of these foods to your diet rather than popping in antibiotic pills and see how it helps.

As Greek physician Hippocrates, once said, "Let thy food be thy medicine and thy medicine be thy food".

Disclaimer: This is not medical advice. The content is for educational purposes only. Please contact your doctor for any health care issues.

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