From Jaggery to Ginger: 5 Foods to Help Build Your Immunity
Replace that cappuccino with a cup of good ‘ol ginger tea if you love your lungs.
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.
Add moderate quantities of jaggery in your diet to boost the immune system. It keeps the body warm and helps fight infections.Huda Shaikh, Nutritionist Clinical Dietitian and Founder of Nutribond
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.
Ginger is a potent antioxidant and antiseptic. Its anti-inflammatory qualities can help in relieving congestion and ease throat pain.Huda Shaikh, Nutritionist Clinical Dietitian and Founder of Nutribond
According to a study conducted by researchers from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health,
Daily consumption of a half cup of broccoli sprout beverage can lead to rapid, significant, and sustained higher levels of excretion of benzene (known to cause cancer) and acrolein (a lung irritant).
This excretion is due to the presence of sulforaphane, an anti-carcinogenic compound contained in broccoli. According to Huda Shaikh,
The presence of vitamin C and beta carotene makes it a super food for this season.
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.
If you want to keep infections and allergies away, keep oranges, grapefruits, bell peppers close.Huda Shaikh, Nutritionist Clinical Dietitian and Founder of Nutribond
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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