Winter, also referred to as the Flu season is accompanied by a host of illnesses, most of which are easily spread from one person to the other. The most effective way to fight common winter ailments is by eating food items that will help you build healthy cells in the body, in other words help you ‘boost your immunity levels’. Our immune system is like a strong anti-virus device that helps in fighting infection/virus and if it functions well, we will always be disease-free regardless of temperature fluctuations and seasonal change.
Did you know…?
Winter, seasonal fruits and vegetables are actually higher in many immune-boosting properties. They are also packed with extra doses of vitamins, minerals and protein. Fill-up your grocery bag with lots of fresh fruits, veggies and food items that equip the body to fight winter ailments. A strong immune system, safeguards the body from a host of diseases.
On your next visit to the supermarket, make sure you add the fresh versions of these immune boosting foods to your cart
- Honey is the perfect anti-depressant for those suffering from ‘the winter blues’. What’s more… this nature’s very own sweet nectar is loaded with antioxidants that not only protects the skin during cold weather but also keeps the immune system functioning at its very best.
- Oranges when consumed as a fruit or in the form of juice equips the body to fight against cough and common cold. With easy access to oranges, you may not have to depend on antibiotics for the treatment of winter ailments
- Leafy green veggies get their color from chlorophyll, which is packed with magnesium – a vital mineral that is known to promote a healthy immune system, boost heart health, prevent inflammation related to certain cancers and even reduce the risk for a heart attack
While picking veggies for your salad, go for the darkest leaves
- 1 pomegranate provides approximately 40 % of an adult’s daily vitamin C requirement.What’s more…Pomegranates, with their tiny ruby seeds are also loaded with folic acid, fiber, potassium, niacin and vitamins A and E. Researchers believe that Pomegranate juice may contain almost 3 times the antioxidants as green tea or red wine. Include this wintertime superfood in your diet
- Packed with beta-carotene and Vitamin A, Carrots play an important role in keeping cold & flu at bay. They are also known to fight infections which are very common during the colder months
- Known for its antibacterial and antiviral properties, Green tea ensures optimum functioning of the immune system
- White mushrooms contain significantly high levels of natural killer cells which is an important constituent of the immune system
- Garlic is a powerhouse of nutrients, particularly vitamins B1, B6 and C, iron and phosphorus. What’s more…fresh garlic is a potent antibacterial, antiviral, and anti-fungal agent. Experts believe that including more of garlic in your food could prove to be a good preventative measure in fighting coughs, colds and chest infections during the winter months
- Rich in fibre, Vitamin B and Magnesium, Oats boost energy levels and also help the thyroid and adrenal glands in regulating the body’s temperature. What’s more… being inherently high in zinc, Oats also promote healthy functioning of the immune system
- Turmeric has a very high antioxidant and anti-inflammatory value that improves cell health and boosts immunity
- Ginger is a proven diaphoretic, meaning it has the ability to trigger perspiration. Sweat contains a natural antibiotic named ‘Dermcidin’ that protects against bacterial, fungal, viral and microbial infections. Including more of ginger in your diet thus helps the body in getting rid of various toxins which in turn benefits the immune system