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These 7 immunity-boosting foods will help you brave the changing season

Now that the season is changing, it’s time to keep your immunity up and running. Add these immunity-boosting foods to your daily diet.
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Winter is the time of green vegetables! Image courtesy: Shutterstock
Team Health Shots Published: 2 Feb 2020, 18:00 pm IST
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If you’ve started to experience those frequent bouts of cold and cough, season change might have caught you under its ambit. Seasonal changes are usually accompanied by cold and flu symptoms that can wreak havoc on your body and further leave you feeling irritated.

Changes in temperature require the body to acclimatize to new conditions.  There are foods that can help you boost your immunity and strive through seasonal changes without falling sick.

Get hold of these seven immunity-boosting foods right now and steer clear of cold and flu:

1. Citrus fruits
With the increase in daytime hours, now is perhaps the best time for you to head out to the market and buy yourself some oranges. Wondering why? Citrus fruits contain vitamin C, which not only helps build the immune system but also helps increase the production of white blood cells.

Having a slice of grapefruit at this time of the year could go a long way in keeping illnesses away.

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2. Broccoli
The green vegetable is a storehouse of vitamins and minerals. It contains vitamins A, C, and E as well as fiber and antioxidants. Steaming is an excellent way of eating broccoli as it keeps the nutrients intact.

3. Ginger
Ginger is one ingredient that helps decrease inflammation, reduce sore throat and other inflammatory illnesses. If ginger tea is not your thing, you can always use it in desserts. Ginger adds the capsaicin gingerol in food, which elevates body temperature.

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Ginger is one of the best immunity-boosting foods.

4. Spinach
The leafy vegetable is packed with numerous antioxidants and beta carotene, which increases the infection-fighting ability of the immune system. It is best to consume spinach with as little cooking as possible.

5. Turmeric
A spice your kitchen cannot do away with, the turmeric is a staple in Indian cuisine. The bright yellow spice is used as an anti-inflammatory agent in treating osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. Having a glass of warm milk with a dash of turmeric could be beneficial in boosting immunity.

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6. Chicken
Chicken soup helps fight cold. Poultry itself is high in Vitamin B-6, which is vital to the formation of new and healthy red blood cells.

7. Green tea
Packed with epigallocatechingallate or EGCG, green tea enhances immune function. While the fermentation process usually kills the EGCG in black tea, green tea, which is steamed and not fermented, sees the EGCG getting preserved.

So, eat healthy and stay healthy.

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