Rainy season comes with his challenges, we all love the rain but what you may not be a fan of is the possibility you are coming down with the dreaded flu as a consequence. Well, the good news is that there are certain foods that provide immunity against the season flu by boosting the immunity of the body, naturally. The best part is that they are often grown locally and sold in our local market.
#1. Citrus fruits
Fruits which belong to the citrus family are rich in vitamin C, which is an anti-oxidant known to enhance the immune system. Kinnow, oranges, lemon, and even peppers are good sources of vitamin C. Tomato is another good source of vitamin C.
Ginger tea is an all-time favorite during monsoon season. Not only does it provide a good kick to rejuvenate the system, but it also helps to alleviate the symptoms of flu-like chest congestion. It is also available as a medicinal supplement; however, it is best to consume it raw or cooked in food.
It adds a little zing to food and it’s a must-have for your health. Early civilizations recognized its value in fighting infections. According to the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health, garlic may also help lower blood pressure and slow down hardening of the arteries. Garlic’s immune-boosting properties seem to come from a heavy concentration of sulfur-containing compounds, such as allicin.
#4. Green Vegetables
The importance of eating green vegetables on a regular basis cannot be overstated. Especially green leafy vegetables like spinach, cabbage, lettuce, etc. are good sources of vitamin C and vitamin E, another nutrient with protective properties. Broccoli, french beans, bottle gourd, peas are some vegetables which have immunity-boosting nutrients.
Probiotics such as yogurt, curd, lassi, chaach are the best source of gut microbes which help to digest the food. They constitute the ‘good’ gut flora which helps to boost immunity, prevent inflammation and infections, and regulate metabolism.
Spices such as turmeric, cloves, and cinnamon are other rich sources of anti-oxidants. Some exotic herbs like rosemary, oregano, thyme, dill also enrich the body with essential nutrients that help the body fight off flu infection and regain strength quickly
#7. Herbal Teas
Antioxidants present in herbal tea are helpful in fighting against germs and diseases. Add tulsi or basil and its anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties make it a very effective concoction for the monsoon.
#8. Turmeric & Pepper
Research in the recent years suggests that this key compound in turmeric, called curcumin, helps protect you against a wide range of diseases, from the likes of the common cold to cancer. Combining turmeric with black pepper increases the absorption of the key compound curcumin in your blood by up to a whopping 2,000 percent according to a study by the journal Planta Medical.
#9. Red bell peppers
The combined effects of vitamin A and C create a great antioxidant capacity, and with lycopene in the mix, the red bell pepper becomes a top-notch superfood. Besides being a powerful antioxidant, vitamin C is also needed for the proper absorption of iron. If you are iron deficient, try combining red peppers with your iron source for maximum absorption.