6 Immunity-Boosting Foods For Kids This Monsoon

The damp weather makes children susceptible to many diseases which are commonly associated with the monsoon season like cold and flu, throat infections and stomach problems.

Sushmita Sengupta  |  Updated: July 13, 2018 16:24 IST

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6 Immunity-Boosting Foods For Kids This Monsoon
Highlights
  • Thought of catching infections and flu is always a concern in monsoons
  • Children are even more susceptible to catching diseases this season
  • Certain foods can help boost the immunity of children in this weather
While we want to make the most of the rainy season, the thought of catching infections and flu persistently lurks at the back of the mind and the concern grows even greater when it comes to children. Children with their developing immunity system are especially prone to catching such infections in this weather. The damp weather makes them susceptible to many diseases which are commonly associated with the monsoon season like cold and flu, throat infections and stomach problems.

According to Bangalore-based Nutritionist Dr. Anju Sood, "During the monsoon season, your immunity goes down as the microorganisms have sufficient moisture to grow and therefore, you become more susceptible to diseases. Since children are more carefree and like to stay mostly outdoors, they are definitely more vulnerable to infections and health issues. To keep them healthy, powerful antioxidants are needed which are rich in vitamin C. Staying hydrated at all times, eating green leafy vegetables and loading up nuts and seeds daily are some preventive measures."

Shilpa Arora, Macrobiotic Nutritionist and Health Practitioner also believes that parents must exercise extra care for children during the monsoon season. She suggests, "A pinch of turmeric in a glass of lukewarm water first thing in the morning especially in this season can work well to build a stronger immunity. It must be ensured that you keep them away of all processed and fast food items and the worst health enemy - white sugar. Stay clear of white flour, it affects the health and immunity of your child in way more ways than you think. Research has shown that having a teaspoon of extra virgin coconut oil daily can also boost your immunity."
 

Immunity-boosting foods that your children should have right now:

1. Turmeric

Turmeric is a great immunity boosting spice which should be included in your daily diet. Nutritionist Meher Rajput of FITPASS explains, "Turmeric's active component 'curcumin' makes it a powerful antioxidant. Add pinch of turmeric to milk and give it to them before bed time. Adding some saffron (kesar) will further enhance the healing properties of the milk."
(Also Read: What is The Difference Between Turmeric and Curcumin?)

white turmeric

Immunity Boosting Foods: Turmeric is loaded with health benefiting properties

2. Vitamin C rich foods

According to Shilpa Arora, "Seasonal veggies and fruits have phytonutrients which are needed to fight bacteria and infections. Jamun, cherries, peaches and guava have abundant vitamin C."
(Also Read: 5 Incredible Jamun Recipes For a Delicious Summer )

 
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Immunity Boosting Foods: Jamun or black plum is also known as 'Fruit Of Gods'.


 

3. Dry fruits and nuts and seeds

Children can be fussy about fruits and vegetables, but they may like to chomp on crunchy dry fruits and nuts like cashews, almonds and walnuts. You can make an interesting trail mix for them. Nutritionist Meher Rajput also backs the idea of loading up on nuts, "Have them in any form, dry or roasted. Walnuts, almonds, dates and raisins are good sources of vitamins and antioxidants. They are high in protein and sources of good fats which would also ensure that the energy levels of your child are always high."
 

dry fruits

Immunity Boosting Foods: Have them in any form, dry or roasted

4. Mushrooms

According to Nutritionist Meher Rajput, mushrooms are loaded with vitamin D and antioxidants which play a role in building immunity. To make it fun for children, include them in sandwiches and spruce them up with other seasonal veggies. You can also give them a hot mushroom soup to slurp on.
 

mushrooms

Immunity Boosting Foods: Mushrooms are loaded with vitamin D

5. Meat and Fish

Have them in soups, curries, sandwiches or salads. Whether it's chicken, mutton or fish and seafood, all of them are rich in protein. Not only does our body need protein to build and repair its tissues, but it also plays a vital role in boosting white blood cells that are responsible for fighting infections. Meat also supplies Vitamin B, zinc, iron and even Omega-3 fatty acids (from fish and seafoods) -our body uses in keeping up its defense mechanism.

 

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Immunity Boosting Foods: Meat supplies Vitamin B, zinc and iron
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6. Dairy Products

CommentsMilkshakes, smoothies and fruit yogurt can break the monotony of having to gulp down a tall glass of milk while boosting their immunity.
 

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Immunity Boosting Foods: Dairy products are 
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Make monsoon fun for you kids by keeping them safe, protected and energised with these nutritious foods.


 

About Sushmita SenguptaSharing a strong penchant for food, Sushmita loves all things good, cheesy and greasy. Her other favourite pastime activities other than discussing food includes, reading, watching movies and binge-watching TV shows.

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