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Boost your immunity this monsoon with these 7 foods

Most of us come down with the flu or infections during the monsoon season. Protect yourself by including these immunity-boosting foods to your diet and fight against seasonal ailments.
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We're still in the midst of the covid-19 pandemic, so it's important to strengthen your immune system. Image courtesy: Shutterstock
Aayushi Gupta Updated: 30 Oct 2023, 03:02 pm IST
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Boosting immunity is the biggest concern for everyone today. There are a million ways to build immunity — ranging from immunity-boosting drinks to regular exercise, all of which can boost energy, and keep you fit and healthy. Although, eating healthy foods is the most effective way to do it. 

The monsoon season is here, which means you are more prone to the attack of  pathogens that affect immunity. No wonder, our bodies become more vulnerable to cold, cough, flu, and infections. That’s exactly why we need good immunity to prevent and fight seasonal ailments. And as we are already in the midst of a pandemic, it is now more important than ever to build our immunity. 

Here are some immunity-boosting foods:
1. Pomegranates

Fruits that are high in nutrients like vitamin C and fibre help in restoring energy and building immunity. Pomegranate is one of those fruits. It has antioxidants and vitamin C, thus it has been eaten throughout history for its immense health benefits. It helps to aid immunity, smoothens digestion, fights type 2 diabetes and keeps your blood pressure in check. So, the next time you want to pick up a snack, munch on a pomegranate.

2. Low-fat yogurt

Probiotic or good bacteria present in yogurt can help in boosting your immune system. Plus, yogurt is packed with vitamins and minerals, which can improve your overall health. 

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Yogurt has been keeping you healthy for all this while. Image courtesy: Shutterstcok
3. Watermelons

Watermelon is a delicious and refreshing fruit that’s good for you. Interestingly, it is 92% water and also full of antioxidants that help protect your cells. It also contains vitamins A, B, and C, and lycopene, which helps shield you from UV rays. All these nutrients reduce the risk of getting infected during the monsoon season. 

4. Broccoli

A power food, broccoli packs a solid nutritional punch. It contains iron, potassium, calcium, selenium, and magnesium. This wondrous vegetable is also rich in fibre, protein, and vitamins A, C, E, K. It also contains an array of B vitamins, including folic acid. 

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Cruciferous veggies like broccoli can be a blessing for your health. Image courtesy: Shutterstock
5. Spinach

Did you know? Spinach is one of the most beneficial green veggies for your health. After all, it is one of the easiest monsoon vegetables to grow and has numerous health benefits. It is packed with antioxidants and beta carotene, which may both increase the infection-fighting ability of our immune systems.

Also read: Boost your immunity with this amla and moringa drink and fight Covid-19

6. Oranges

Citrus foods like oranges or mosambi are well known for their immune-boosting vitamin C nutrients —every variety of orange contains over 100% of your recommended daily amount. It also increases the absorption of iron into the body, and by increasing collagen production, protects cells from damage. 

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These monsoon superfood can add a punch of health to your plate! Image courtesy: Unsplash
7. Beetroot

During the monsoon, a lot of people suffer from indigestion. Consumption of beetroot helps in the digestion process, weight loss, and builds immunity. In fact, beetroot also improves hemoglobin levels and is also beneficial for those experiencing hair and skin problems.

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Though monsoon comes as a welcome relief from the scorching heat, it also brings a series of seasonal diseases. During the season, immunity takes a dip but you can always boost it with these food items. 

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Aayushi Gupta is a health writer with a special interest in trends related to diet, fitness, beauty and intimate health. With around 2 years of experience in the wellness industry, she is connected to leading experts and doctors to provide our readers with factually correct information. ...Read More

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