Boost your immune system with everyday foods

With the current lockdown situation in the country, taking precautions when venturing outside has become compulsory. From masks and gloves to social distancing and moving in reduced numbers, a number of measures are centred upon your activities outside your home. But what about the steps you should take when you’re inside your home? No matter what coloured zone your area of residence falls under, taking all the necessary measures to prevent infection is essential.

COVID-19 and you immunity
When you’re at home, one way of protecting yourself from the COVID-19 coronavirus and other infectious agents is to keep your immunity strong. Also, building immunity is one of the best ways to protect your body internally while stepping outside. The good news is you can take your immunity up a notch with some small changes in your food intake.

To help you take quick action, here are some everyday foods you can use to boost your immunity:

Ginger
Ginger plays a powerful role as an antioxidant. It helps reduce bloating and colic pain as well. It’s no wonder Indians put ginger in their milk tea. One way of consuming it is drinking lukewarm water with juliennes of ginger and honey in it.

Citrus fruits
It’s not a coincidence one is often advised to increase their Vitamin C intake to treat a stubborn cold. This vitamin helps build the immune system. It is thought to increase the production of white blood cells, which are essential for fighting infections. Citrus fruits are a good source of Vitamin C. Grapefruit, oranges, lemons and limes are all good sources of Vitamin C.

Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Research suggests Extra Virgin Olive Oil helps rebuild and boost the body’s immunity. Olive oil contains high amounts of polyunsaturated fatty acids which play the role of anti-inflammatory agents in the body. These acids help boost the immune system and guard the body against infections.

Turmeric
Also called as the ‘Indian Saffron’, Turmeric comes with immunity-boosting properties derived from curcumin, a compound having strong anti-inflammatory effects. Turmeric can help prevent heart disease and the flu, improve digestion, and help cure a sore throat. You can consume ground turmeric with some black pepper, lime juice, and a spoonful of coconut water or honey.

Mushrooms
Mushrooms are rich in antioxidants and B vitamins. B vitamins play an essential role in healthy immune functions. The selenium in mushrooms has been linked to a decrease in risk of severe infections. Mushrooms are also a good source of proteins since they contain all of the seventeen essential amino acids needed by the body.

Remember, what’s essential for possessing a strong immune system is maintaining a variety in your diet and including the right foods. Make the foods mentioned above a part of your balanced diet and stay strong and healthy at home.

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