Immunity is the first and last line of defence in the human body. No matter what medication you take or what medication you need to be on, we can never forget that human body is built with an intelligent and brilliant system called immunity and that is the system which will protect you, will prevent and will help heal diseases.
We first need to understand why we are having so many kinds of virals. Virals are no longer the same. Today people are experiencing virals in many different ways. Their recovery time has become so much more that people have to resort to medication to heal from a viral. A few years ago or even months ago people could just take some rest, have hot liquids, change their diet a little bit and they would recover over time with virals. But today people have virals accompanied by so much of body pain, knee pain, joint pain, back pain, pain in their ribs and they take even a month to recover after taking antibiotics and heavy medication. As you can see the problem of antibiotic resistance is becoming more dangerous and the whole superbug syndrome is plaguing the entire planet.
Now if you are a fan of Thai food and you eat a Thai curry which is made the authentic way you’ll see a little spice which is shaped like a flower. It’s called a star anise and in Hindi it’s called a chakra fool. You may have heard of the common drug called Tamiflu which is used for colds, coughs, virals, influenza and it is also used in the treatment of swine flu. It contains one particular very powerful ingredient called Shikimic acid and pharmaceuticals get the Shikimic acid from the star anise spice. So technically if we start including the star anise in our diet in the right way it boosts our immunity almost immediately. It’s one of the richest sources when it comes to spices and vitamin A, vitamin C and the B vitamins which are all the vitamins which contribute to great immunity when it comes to prevention and healing. We also need to understand that vitamin C and antioxidants that the star anise contains helps you with the repair and recovery of your body.
When we eat toxic food and when we breathe toxic air and have the wrong oils in our diet we produce something called free radicals. When we have too many free radicals in our body and less antioxidants these free radicals create inflammation which is the root cause of heart disease and most cancers as well because cancer is an inflammatory disease. So we need to eat foods which are rich in antioxidants.
The next important benefit of star anise is its antifungal property. We all have candida in us but the moment our immunity drops the candida overgrowth happens. This is a bacteria that exists in all of us but the moment immunity drops you have a candida overgrowth and that’s one of the main reasons that contributes to the inability of women to lose weight or to bloating, flatulence and acidity. Now star anise is antifungal and has the ability to break down excessive Candida growth in the human body which makes it extremely important for men and women to include the spice in their diet.
Star anise contains an ingredient called thymol which is highly anti-inflammatory. So when it comes to joint pain and rheumatoid arthritis we need to have an anti-inflammatory diet that reduces inflammation and reduces our pain.
Digesting star anise is extremely calming on the digestive system. It reduces acidity, indigestion, flatulence and bloating. Also because of its high estrogenic properties star anise is great for women who are hitting menopause and are going through menopause because in menopause your oestrogen goes down and your progesterone goes up. So eating foods rich in healthy and the right oestrogen which come from wholesome foods will actually take away many of the side effects and symptoms that menopausal women go through.
Magic Tea Recipe
If your child has a cough and cold or if you have a cough and cold, make the simple tea that I shall explain to ease the cough and cold. Star anise is antiviral, antimicrobial, antibacterial, antifungal and anti-inflammatory.
– To prepare this tea you take hot water and boil it.
– Add two star anise’s in a medium-sized mug about 250 ml mug and add the hot water to the star anise’s in the mug and then you cover it.
– Let it seep for about 15 minutes and then you drink that.
There are many liquids like jeera water, ajwain water and lemon water that you can also drink. So the simple thing that you can do is when you make your jeera and ajwain water and it’s all boiled you can add that to a mug which has one or two star anise in it. So now you have your jeera, ajwain and you have the health benefits of star anise. This is how you enhance your health by constantly adding, building and improving the variety of nature into your diet. It is extremely important that you use the Chinese star anise or the star anise that grows in India and not the Japanese one.
So use star anise for prevention and cure. It is extremely important that women who have an ER positive cancer or ovarian cancer or anything to do with high oestrogen where oestrogen should be minimized in your body this is not for you. But for everyone else do it in moderation. Add it to your system. You can’t go wrong with nature. You can’t go wrong when you have the right immunity. Children can have these as well in small quantities. So they can have a tablespoon or two of the star anise water. It is extremely great for their gas and colic if they’re going through it. Make sure you get seven or eight hours or even six hours of good deep quality sleep because sleep is the most important ingredient when it comes to building immunity.