We all know of popular homegrown remedies but how effective are they? Home remedies offer cures with simple, ingredients such as honey, fruits, herbs and natural oils. They, at times, can cure common ailments with no side effects, but they need to be used judiciously.” Here are five home remedies and the science behind them.

Have rock salt with juice to alleviate stomach ache.

Rock salt is much better than the white salt as it’s loaded with natural minerals and aids in digestion. Rock salt when taken with lemon juice, helps to relieve gases in the digestive tract and system.

2. Chicken soup helps cure flu and common cold.
It helps to open up the throat and nose. It also soothes an irritated throat. The warm soup also helps to re-hydrate the body, helping it recover faster. Chicken soup inhibits the movement of neutrophils (a type of white blood cells) in the respiratory tract thus reducing congestion. It also helps the nasal cilia to function better and facilitate the removal of mucus.

3. Turmeric milk helps heal aches and pains in the body and, in general, boosts immunity.
Turmeric boiled in milk is an excellent combination. Milk is a good source of protein, which help to heal wounds. Turmeric is known for its anti-inflammatory properties that help to soothe the inflamed muscles. Turmeric also contains curcumin -which is a strong antioxidant.

4. Honey and ginger help cure cough
Ginger, when boiled in water and then laced with honey, is a known cure for cough and sore throat. “Ginger is a known cough suppressant. It is also an antioxidant that provides relief from the ailment. This, along with honey, helps alleviate the inflammation of the throat. The honey given its high viscosity soothes the lining of the throat. The ginger-honey treatment again provides symptomatic relief, and has its limitations.

Why are soaked almonds better?

Many are unaware that the brown peel of almonds contains tannin, which inhibits nutrient absorption. Once the almonds are soaked, the peel comes off easily, allowing the nuts to release nutrients. Soaked almonds also help with digestion. It releases the enzyme lipase, which is beneficial for fat digestion.

What’s more? Almonds also help in weight loss. They contain monounsaturated fats that curb your appetite and make you feel full. Soaked almonds are a good source of antioxidants too. It resists free radical damage and prevents ageing. Soaked almonds contain Vitamin B17 and folic acid that are vital for fighting cancer and reducing birth defects, another reason worth putting in a little effort.

So make a habit, soak the almonds overnight and have your daily share of nutrition every morning.

Health Tip of the Day

Green tea is a big natural source of fluoride, so this in combination with its anti-bacterial effects provides a great natural way to help strengthen your teeth, prevent cavities and help reduce bad breath.