The number of Coronavirus cases is showing a dangerous upward tread and so are the number of Monsoon diseases. Multiple studies estimate that if we do not eat the requisite amounts of essential nutrients that our body needs, it takes a beating on our immune system. The deficiencies of vitamins C and D is the culprit behind a weakened immune system and most commonly found in people with infections, including flu and Coronavirus.
Healthy food is defined as the “building blocks to good health”, our immune system and body can’t function if the immunity foundation is weakened. The important aspect is to add variety and natural colour (that comes from a variety of food) to your diet. Eat a wide variety of foods, that bring together vitamins, minerals, antioxidants otherwise known as vitamins A, C, and E, and the ‘sunshine vitamin’-D.
For healthy wellbeing, Gigadocs compiles a list of the Immunity Boosting Superfoods that Help You Fight Covid-19 and Monsoon Diseases-
Vitamin C is a great immunity builder, you may have noticed to fight out common cold and flu doctors prescribe Vitamin C, simply put it helps to build up your immune system by increasing the production of white blood cells, which fights off infections. To get your daily dose of Vitamin C from citrus fruits, squeeze oranges, lemons, limes to your meals and salads.
Your body does not produce or store vitamin C, thus you need to consume it regularly for continued health.
Like it or not, but dark chocolate is a great immunity source. It contains an antioxidant called theobromine, that can boost your immune system by shielding the body’s cells from free radicals, or the molecules produced when the body breaks down food or comes into contact with pollutants.
Despite its potential benefits, dark chocolate is high in calories (101-g bar of dark chocolate consists of 70–85 per cent cocoa solids provide gives you 604 calories, 7.87 g of protein and 43.06 g of fat), so it is important this antioxidant in moderation.
A daily dose of Yoghurt or Curd is a storehouse of probiotics or “good bacteria” that can help in boosting your immune function. Yoghurt or Curd helps in the healthy regulation of the gut, stimulating your immune response to fight diseases. Yoghurt is also fortified with Vitamin D and can be even taken as a snack that is rich in calcium, protein and gut-friendly bacteria.
Amla has long been used in Indian households. It is equally well known for combating common ailments that include cold, sore throat and digestive issues. Apart from being a storehouse of antioxidants, amla is enriched with micronutrients that are an immunity booster. Amla acts as a detoxifying agent for the body and it improves your heart, eyesight, hair, diabetic conditions. For weight watchers, consider Amla for its high fibre content that can aid in weight loss.
Red Bell Peppers
Do you know that red bell peppers contain almost 3 times as much vitamin C when compared with citrus fruits? They are also a rich source of beta carotene, which your body converts into vitamin A, to keep your eyes and skin healthy.
Broccoli, another excellent source for Vitamin C, contains potent antioxidants, such as sulforaphane and is a great choice which you can incorporate to your daily diet to boost immune system health. Broccoli is a superfood, a storehouse of vitamins A, C, and E, in addition to fibre and many other antioxidants.
Dry Fruits and Nuts
Dry fruits like almonds, dates and walnuts provide the essential vitamins and minerals to strengthen your immunity. Dry Fruits and Nuts are packed with niacin, riboflavin and vitamin E. A handful of your favourite dry fruit will help you in better stress management. They are great for the elderly and the kids too.
Garlic common to every cuisine in the world adds a little zing to your food. It is a must-have for your health. Garlic is good for keeping the blood pressure under check, and may also slow down hardening of the arteries.
Ginger is good to soothe the throat and may help with nausea and decrease inflammation, to reduce inflammatory illnesses. Ginger packs some of its heat in the form of gingerol, a relative of capsaicin. Ginger may also decrease chronic pain and might even possess cholesterol-lowering properties.
Sweet potatoes are rich in beta carotene, an excellent source of vitamin A. Sweet potatoes help to repair skin damage and keeps it healthy and may even provide some protection against skin damage from the harmful ultraviolet (UV) rays.
Dark Green Leafy Veggies
Consider to include a dose of spinach, broccoli to your diet. These are excellent sources of vitamins A, C and E, in addition to folate, antioxidants and fibre. Dark Green Veggies are superfoods that are rich in antioxidant action helping with cell function as well as development. Spinach, sprouts are healthiest when they are undercooked to retain its nutrients making them easier to absorb the vitamin A other nutrients.
These superfoods include a generous mix of immunity-boosting spices like asafoetida (hing), turmeric, cloves, pepper, mustard, fenugreek (methi), cinnamon, coriander, turmeric, and curry leaves. These spices help into digestion thus preventing instances of gastroenteritis, and may flush out sinus infection.
Meat products including chicken, eggs, fish, or seafood, all have protein, essential to build and repair body tissues. Consuming adequate amounts of meat proteins on a daily basis ensures your body is strong to fight off infections and seasonal infections. Meat proteins are also an excellent source of Vitamin B, zinc, iron, and Omega-3 (from fish and seafood), nutrients used by our body to keep up its defence mechanism. Consider consuming at least 1-2 servings daily for immune-boosting action.
Fighting Monsoon Diseases with Gigadocs
Coronavirus and monsoon diseases are highly infectious and if you or anyone around you have any Coronavirus or monsoon disease symptoms, opt for virtual consultation today. To prevent the risk of surface transmission, prefer to consult a digital doctor for an initial consultation.
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