Come season change, and many of us get stuck with incessant cough, cold, fever and other such seasonal woes. Seasonal flu cases are quite a common occurrence in many people as soon as we transition into monsoon from summers or to winter. But should we take medicines and move on? Is that all we can do? No! Most of the times, it is our immunity to battle these infections that fail to take action. We must boost immunity to safeguard ourselves from these infections, and it can be achieved through our diet. Various foods are enriched with nutrients that help us build and strengthen immunity, and adding them to our regular diet can keep infections at bay.
Here are 5 foods that can help you built immunity amid the season change:
A rich source of vitamin C which is great for immunity, lemon is also enriched with vitamin B6, copper, potassium, magnesium, zinc, flavonoids, antioxidants and phosphorus. All of them work to help prevent toxins from the body, reduce acidity, pain and inflammation, and overall detoxify the body.
As per experts, garlic has a compound called allicin that is said to have medicinal properties which ultimately helps in fighting cough and cold. It also has a high sulphur amount which gives it antibiotic properties.
By now, the world knows the health benefits of turmeric or Haldi. While the rest of the world has now woken up to the benefits of Haldi doodh, or turmeric latte as they may call it, Indians have been reaping the benefits of it for ages through Ayurveda. Turmeric acts as an anti-bacterial, anti-fungal and anti-viral agent and helps in boosting the immune system.
According to various studies, ginger has volatile oils with anti-inflammatory properties, which makes it an excellent remedy for flu. Besides, gingerol is the bioactive compound in fresh ginger, which helps lower the risk of infections.
This highly aromatic spice which we usually use in baked goods and decadent treats comes loaded with antioxidants that protect the body from cell-damaging agents. Not only does it help the body to fight infections it also repairs tissue damage.