Trust these 5 desi superfoods to boost your immunity this winter

Have you already started to experience those frequent bouts of cold and cough? If yes, then your immunity may be going for a toss. So, get ready to fight off winter flues the desi way.
Indian household kitchens are a treasure trove of healthful ingredients Courtesy: Shutterstock
Sonakshi Kohli Published: 20 Dec 2019, 09:00 am IST
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A runny nose, constant sneezing, a thermometer in the mouth, and a monkey cap to go with it. Nope, this isn’t a description of a sick Shah Rukh Khan during that silly summer camp in Kuch Kuch Hota Hai. This is simply how many of you might be during the winter season.

After all, the chilly weather has the potential to wreak havoc on our immunity levels. However, there is an antidote to all these flu infections. Wondering what is it? Well, it’s all in your kitchen cabinet. Yes, you read that right! These five Indian superfoods can give your immune system a much-needed boost during the winter season and make those chilly months bearable:

1. Ginger
Not only can ginger create a thermogenic effect in the body and keep you warm in the chilly weather, it can also keep diseases at bay by boosting your immunity—thanks to its antibacterial properties. From warding off cough and cold to preventing several infections, ginger can single-handedly deal with all of them.

Treat yourself with a cup of ginger tea to shoo away the winter blues! Image courtesy: Shutterstock

2. Spinach
The same spinach that helped the videshi Popeye get stronger can make the desi you stronger too. So, eat that palak paneer your mom makes with so much love instead of throwing tantrums. Because those leaves are loaded with immunity-boosting powers of vitamin C and A.

3. Turmeric
Your daadi, naani, and even science has often talked about the anti-inflammatory properties of curcumin present in turmeric, which, by the way, can help boost your immunity too. So, it’s time to give this wonder spice a chance to prove its mettle this winter season.

4. Lemon
Rich in vitamin C, lemon increases the antibodies and makes the body more alkaline, thus boosting its immunity.

lemon water health benefits
Lemon water has a lot of benefits for you. Image courtesy: Shutterstock

5. Sweet potatoes
Often dismissed for being rich in carbohydrates, the good-old shakarkandi is actually the most underestimated vegetable. Apart from being a powerhouse of fibre, sweet potatoes are also packed with beta-carotene, which enhances the body’s defence towards several infections.

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