From Jaggery to Ginger: 5 Foods to Help Build Your Immunity
The air quality levels are already low in the National capital and one can only imagine the pollution levels of the city during the festivals.
Delhites must literally resorting to saam, daam, dand, bhed to stay clear of the ravages of pollution (if that’s even a possibility). Desperate times call for desperate measures.
So while you invest in air-purifiers, masks, indoor plants and more, do not neglect your diet and build your immunity to fight infections.
Go find some jaggery hidden in some jar in one of your kitchen cabinets. Jaggery is loaded with iron and helps improve the oxygen pumping capacity of the blood – strengthening the body’s immune system.
Ginger has been hailed as the wonder cure for sore throat. Remember how our grandmas used to force us to have kaadhas and adrak ki chai when we could not stop coughing?
If you find yourself coughing incessantly due to the irritants in the air, have some ginger juice with a drop of honey to feel better. You could even add some crushed black pepper to the juice to clear the accumulated cough.
According to a study conducted by researchers from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health,
This excretion is due to the presence of sulforaphane, an anti-carcinogenic compound contained in broccoli. According to Huda Shaikh,
Besides, you have it in so many ways – salads, soups, pasta, stir-fry veggies, broth and even raw. Make sure to include it in your diet in some way or the other.
4. Foods Rich In Vitamin C
Come winters and we love to gorge on amla chutney. Amla is a rich source of vitamin C which can improve our immunity against foreign particles. Citrus fruits, guava and lemon are also rich in vitamin C.
5. Foods Rich In Vitamin E
Foods such as almonds, walnuts, peanuts, hazelnuts are rich in vitamin E and are beneficial in this weather due to their strong antioxidant properties. They also help repair the body from free radical damage and protect the cells.Huda Shaikh, Nutritionist Clinical Dietitian and Founder of Nutribond
Vitamin E doubles up as an antioxidant and helps make the body stronger and more resilient. Almonds, spinach, avocado, palm oil are all good sources of vitamin E which gives you ample options to include this super vitamin in your diet. Think delicious smoothies, yoghurt, salads garnished with a spoonful of health!
Drink green tea (rich source of antioxidants), include basil, garlic, honey in your diet to bolster the immune system. Stay hydrated as water helps flush out toxins from the body.
Just remember, lung damage is irreversible. It’s important to have these foods year round to build up your system to fight infections.
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