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5 foods that’ll boost your immunity during the monsoon season

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It’s lovely to wake up to an unexpected rainy day and a pleasant weather. What’s more amazing is having piping hot tea with samosas and jalebis. What a sheer delight. But sadly monsoon is the time when diseases, particularly of the digestive system, are rampant. Poor digestion leads to a form of ‘cellular starvation’ which in turns lowers your metabolism and increases fat storage. And this exactly why we need to boost our immunity during the monsoon season especially with the ongoing pandemic. Here are 5 foods that’ll boost your immunity during the monsoon season.

• Dark Green Leafy vegetables

Leafy greens like cabbage, spinach and broccoli are excellent sources of vitamins A, C and E, as well as folate, antioxidants and fibre. These vitamins also have an antioxidant action that helps in cell function and integrity as well as development. Try and include them in soups, smoothies or mix up a good salad with a lip smacking dressing to keep you on the go!

• Hot soups

The best way to keep yourself hydrated. Hot soups boost your immunity. It cures cold and cough and makes you feel a whole lot better. It also promotes increased secretions that aid in getting rid of bacteria and viruses from your system while the spices have an anti-inflammatory effect against colds and even help suppress coughing, pain and fever and act as a mild sedative too.

• Mushrooms

Mushrooms are super rich in vitamins and antioxidants. The vitamins B in mushrooms play a part in healthy immune functions while selenium has been linked to a decreased risk of severe infections. Mushrooms are also a great source of proteins as they contain all of the 17 essential amino acids needed by the body.

• Yoghurt and other fermented foods

Yoghurt and fermented foods contain good bacteria. They stimulate the immune system to fight diseases and provide the body with beneficial bacteria in the gut. They consist of vitamins too and are super healthy and tasty. Try making a smoothie or Korean dish Kimchi, tastes great.

• Indian spices

Lastly, the most important is our very own Indian spices. Include more immunity boosting spices in your food like turmeric, mustard, asafoetida (hing), coriander, turmeric, fenugreek (methi), cloves, pepper, cinnamon, garlic, ginger and curry leaves. They help in digestion and to flush out any sinuses from the body. Probably the reason why brown aunties believe haldi wala doodh (turmeric latte) is the cure to all problems.