Flu Season in Delhi: 8 Immunity Boosting Foods to Keep You Healthy

   |  Updated: March 15, 2017 13:22 IST

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Flu Season in Delhi: 8 Immunity Boosting Foods to Keep You Healthy
Highlights
  • Seasonal flu cases seem to be on the rise in Delhi
  • Having a strong immunity will safeguard you from various infections
  • This is the best time to load up on immunity-boosting foods
Seasonal flu cases seem to be on the rise in Delhi, with the change in weather conditions. It is commonly said that post the festival of Holi, winter comes to an end and it starts to get warmer. However, with fluctuating temperatures, frequent rains and strong breeze, there seems to be a different story. Daytime is warm but the nights are still chilly, and this mood swing of the weather is causing many people to fall sick and catch flu. At times like these, the best you can do to keep yourself and your family safe is to build your immunity. Having a strong immunity will safeguard you from various infections, and this can be achieved through diet. There are various kinds of food ingredients that can boost your immunity in this season.

Poor nutrition often leads to increased infections. How our body interacts with the foreign invaders depends on our immune system. A healthy diet with essential minerals, vitamins and antioxidants goes a long way in building and maintaining your immunity. Moreover, our immunity is at its lowest during seasonal change and therefore, this is the best time to load up on immunity-boosting foods.

1. Ashwagandha

Ashwagandha is an ancient herb. It is the ginseng of Ayurvedic medicine, the traditional medicine of India and is considered an adaptogen - a term used to describe herbs that improve physical energy and athletic ability, increase immunity, fight infections and increase sexual capacity and fertility.
 
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2. Turmeric

It has a global reputation for boosting immunity. It acts as an anti-bacterial, anti-fungal and anti-viral agent and helps in boosting the overall functioning of our immune system. It can be taken in warm milk for its best benefits.
 
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3. Chia Seeds

These powerful seeds are an amazing source of protein, omega 3 fatty acids and important minerals. It is best taken when soaked in water overnight.
 
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4. Carrots

This root vegetable contains high amounts of beta carotene which the body converts into Vitamin A. Vitamin A helps to protect against infection and reduces the risk and duration of respiratory illnesses by keeping our lungs healthy. It is an excellent food to protect the skin from ageing.
 
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5. Garlic

It has been used for thousands of years in the treatment of illness and disease. Its compound called allicin has potent medicinal properties which helps combat sickness, cold and cough.
 
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6. Fennel

This licorice-tasting winter vegetable offers more than just a unique tang. Fennel is low in calories yet high in phytonutrient anethole, which may help boost the immune response.
 
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7. Beetroot

It is packed with beneficial phytochemicals and antioxidants which protect the immune system by fighting off destructive free radicals.
 
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8. Dark Chocolate

Cocoa-based dark chocolate is one of the best natural sources of antioxidants, iron, magnesium and zinc. Zinc, an important trace mineral, is important for immune function.
 
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