It is that time of the year when we relish those gloomy days and the smell of the moist soil. The monsoon season brings a respite from the scorching heat of summer. The sheer delight of binging on hot pakodas with steaming ginger tea makes the rains even more enjoyable.
As much as this weather has its own beauty, it also brings a multitude of seasonal diseases, not all of which are necessarily water borne. According to Ritika Samaddar, Regional Head – Dietetics, Max Healthcare – Delhi, our immunity takes a dip during monsoons, making us more susceptible to common cold, viral infections, flu and digestive issues. A good immune system therefore is the need of this season, which can be built by consuming certain foods.
Include these 3 foods in your diet for better immunity:
- Almonds : Almonds are a source of 15 nutrients such as magnesium, protein, riboflavin, zinc,etc. In addition to this, almonds are high in Vitamin E, which acts as an antioxidant to support pulmonary immune function. Vitamin E is also known to offer protection against infections caused by viruses and bacteria. Almonds are a convenient snack that can be eaten anywhere, any time of the day.The nut can also be used in different ways to fit in the diet. Almonds are easy and quick to flavour and go with just about any Indian masala/spices. You can also mix almonds with your favourite flavours to create healthy, and yet tasty snacks!
- Yogurt: Probiotics or “good bacteria” present in yogurts can help in boosting your immune function. They help in in healthy regulation of the gut, which stimulates your immune response to fighting diseases. Yogurts are also fortified with Vitamin D, which is linked to cold and flu resistance. You can try making fruit smoothies or just throw in some chopped fruits and nuts in a bowl of yogurt for a healthy meal option!
- Turmeric: It is one of the most powerful Indian spices and has more than 300 nutrients including calcium, fibre, iron zinc etc. Turmeric is also known to have anti-inflammatory properties that can help in boosting immunity. It also contains anti-viral, anti-fungal and anti-bacterial properties that further add to strengthening the body’s immune function. Turmeric can be consumed by mixing it in milk or ghee along with black pepper!
As much as we love the monsoons, no one prefers falling sick and being restrained in the pleasant season. It is the time for us to keep our body resistant against diseases by taking precautions!