Immunity boosters: Add these 5 Indian superfoods to your diet to keep risk of viral infection at bay | Photo credits: Pixabay
- The coronavirus pandemic has got all of us worried about our health and immunity
- People are constantly looking for ways to boost their immunity and stay healthy and safe
- The Indian kitchen is full of foods and condiments that can serve as great immunity boosters
New Delhi: Declaring the coronavirus spread as a pandemic has prompted people to rush onto online searches for ways to prevent the virus attack. Besides external protection methods like washing hands, wearing masks and maintaining social distancing, we need to look at ways to internally boost our natural immunity and fight off the deadly virus. Dr. Meenakshi Sauhta, Director – Obstetrics and Gynecology, Cloudnine Group of Hospitals, Gurgaon shares 5 Indian superfoods that are great for your immunity and should be a part of your daily diet.
Immunity Boosters – The Indian way
The Indian Kitchen is full of ingredients that our parents naturally used in daily lives in order to be healthy and disease-free. But with the millennials and their junk food habits, we seem to have forgotten the basics. Food plays a key role in boosting your immunity and that’s why it is suggested to avoid consumption of processed foods and raw foods including raw meat, raw egg, raw vegetables in order to safeguard the immunity.
Below mentioned are a few basic food ingredients that are suggested to be consumed regularly to boost immunity.
- Tulsi – Tulsi or holy basil (Ocimum Sanctum) is undeniably one of the best medicinal herbs on the planet. The herb has miraculous properties, a few drops of tulsi water dropped in foods can purify and kill germs as well. Tulsi planted indoors can protect the family from infections, cough, cold and other viral infections. Known for his anti-viral and anti-inflammatory properties, Tulsi must be consumed daily to boost immunity. It is important to have 4 to 5 tulsi leaves on an empty stomach every day.
- Garlic – For many years there have been suggestions that garlic can help with a whole variety of medical problems, including heart disease, high cholesterol and colds and flu. Part of the reason for this is that garlic contains allicin –which is released when you cut into the vegetable This, along with the antioxidants inside the pod, help to fight off infection and support the immune system. Have chopped raw garlic and cloves with a tablespoon of raw honey and consume alternate days. It’s a fantastic way to boost your immune system.
- Ginger – People have used ginger in cooking and medicine since ancient times. It is a popular home remedy for nausea, stomach pain, and other health issues. Antioxidants and other nutrients in ginger may help prevent or treat arthritis, inflammation, and various types of infection.
- Vitamin-C rich foods – Amla, red peppers, yellow peppers, oranges, guava and papaya are rich in vitamin C and have antioxidant and immunity-boosting properties.
- Coconut Oil/ Ghee – Avoid other variations of oil and use pure cold-pressed coconut oil or even have it raw.
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