Beyond doubt, humanity is in a global war with an unseen enemy, a virus called CoViD-19 that indiscriminately targets anyone exposed to it. As of latest count, nearly 30 million individuals worldwide have tested positive, with nearly a million dying as a result. Governments and health experts have constantly urged the public to strictly practice approved health protocols, such as frequent handwashing, wearing protective equipment such as face masks and face shields, maintaining adequate physical distance from one another, and avoiding confined spaces, in order for them to minimize their risk of contracting the deadly virus.
Apart from these suggested practices, we can proactively strengthen our bodies by boosting our own immune systems and living a vegan lifestyle (which includes a diet consisting of whole food plant-based sources with no animal protein), so that when we are unknowingly exposed to the virus, we’re armed with the best possible protection there is outside of a still-unavailable vaccine. Think of the virus as robbers or burglars. The handwashing, masks, and physical distancing measures are like the locks, CCTV and home protection systems and alarms you set up to discourage these robbers from invading your home. But when they do invade, then you have no choice but to get your guns and knives to fend them off. That’s your own body’s defenses arming you to the teeth.
This is especially needed for the elderly and for people who have underlying diseases such as diabetes or heart disease, as they have shown to be the most vulnerable to the novel Coronavirus. Adding to the complication is that many hospitals nowadays have become CoViD hotspots themselves, and simply bringing these vulnerable patients to the hospital can place them at greater risk of being exposed to the virus. Thus, for many who suffer chronic illness, a routine checkup at the hospital these days is simply not worth the risk. The next best thing one can do now is to keep one’s immune system as strong as possible.
After consulting with health experts such as former secretary of the Philippine Department of Health Jaime Galvez Tan, plant-based nutritionist Blecenda Varona, integrative doctor Omar Arabia MD, former professor at the University of Texas-MD Anderson Cancer Center Bharrat Aggarwal, who specializes in turmeric as an anti-inflammatory, and T. Colin Campbell, professor emeritus of nutritional biochemistry at Cornell University, TessDrive.com has come up with a concoction that may help stimulate the body’s own immune system, and help stave off pneumonia, one of the deadlier complications of CoViD-19.
- 2 pieces medium-sized onions
- 7 medium-sized leaves of oregano (oregano helps reduce viral infection, and can improve lung function)
- 3 to 4 pieces of ginger turmeric and half teaspoon of black pepper (Turmeric is anti-inflammatory and helps reduce chest pains from pneumonia, while black pepper helps turmeric be better absorbed by the body)
- 2 whole medium-sized regular ginger (helps break down mucus)
- 7 cloves of garlic (garlic kills bacteria, viruses, parasites caused by pneumonia)
- 3/4 teaspoon of Himalayan salt (treatment for respiratory illnesses)
- 3 teaspoons pure calamansi extract and 3 small red chili pepper or “siling labuyo” (calamansi is high in Vitamin C; chili pepper alleviates cold and flu symptoms and reduces risk of heart disease and tuberculosis). Use any other citrus extract if calamansi is unavailable
Slice garlic, onion, red chili pepper, ginger and ginger turmeric. Place all the ingredients (except calamansi or citrus extract) in a pot of 1.5 liters of clean drinking water. Boil for 10 minutes. Remove pot from heat, and add calamansi extract 10 minutes after.
The tea is now ready to drink, and a mug of it is potent enough to boost your immune system for the day.
You can chill the tea in the refrigerator, and need not be reheated.
The tea is safe for the elderly to drink, but it is best to not drink the tea simultaneously with any other maintenance medicines.
TessDrive makes it clear, though, that this tea is not medicine for any ailment, but a liquid supplement that is seen to help our bodies develop a strong immune system.