A crucial thing the pandemic made us realise is the importance of having a strong immune system. Before coronavirus, we never really made efforts to boost our natural health. But with a spike in the COVID-19 cases, people started trying different types of kadhas and home remedies to boost their immunity and cut down the risk of infection. Just because it was made from natural products, many people started having kadhas 3 to 5 times a day. What they did not know that even healthy foods can turn dangerous when consumed incorrectly and in excess. We spoke to Nidhi Pandya, an Ayurvedic Practitioner based in New York to know about the right way to consume kadhas to reap its maximum benefits.


The side-effect of drinking kadha incorrectly
Excess of anything is harmful and the same holds true for kadhas. Nidhi asserted that many people think that the more they will drink the Ayurvedic beverage or the more they will boil the ingredients, the better it will be for health. But this is where people make a mistake. If kadhas are not taken in the proper way, they can lead to several health issues.

“Both excessive boiling and frequent consumption of kadhas may do more harm than good. It can lead to urine infection, acne, acidity, produce heat and dryness in the body and even lead to mouth ulcer,” she stated. So, if you want to reap the benefits of the drink without harming your health then consume it in the right way.

Dos and Don'ts of drinking kadhas for boosting immunity

The right way to consume kadha
There are rules to consume kadhas to gain maximum health benefits, without any side-effects. As per Nidhi, here are few things you must do while consuming kadhas for boosting immunity.
Do not over boil the kadha: Overboiling spices does not mean that the benefits of the drink will increase. It will turn bitter and will lead to acidity and heartburn. A quick boil or steam is enough to make a healthy cup of kadha.

Have only half-a-cup of kadha in a day: Are you one of those who consume kadhas thrice in a day? Then it is time to give up this habit for good. Do not have more than half-a-cup of kadha in a day. In winters you can make it two.

Use some cooling spices: It is very important to add some cooling spices in your kadhas. This will prevent stomach issues. Add licorice, some cardamom and rose petals in your drink.


Have cooling food:
Kadhas produce heat in the body, which lead to skin dryness and acne outburst. To prevent it, have cooling food throughout the day like oranges.

Stay hydrated: Include mint-infused water and coconut water in your diet. This will keep your stomach cool.

Do not drink kadhas regularly: Avoid consuming kadhas daily or for a long time in one go. After 3 weeks of regular consumption, take 2 weeks break and then start over again.

Follow these simple tips to boost immunity and to cut down the risk of infection!