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‘Health is wealth’, no doubts about that! Our immunity is sort of like the steady source of income that makes sure our wealth i.e., health remains intact.
Did you know, we Indians are in general more immune to diseases compared to others? Well, there’s more good news! You can improve your immunity many-fold by using stuff you have readily available in your pantry.
A healthy diet should contain immunity booster foods that help to enhance our overall health. They help to fight various infections and diseases that impact our health. Adding good foods that help our immune system work better can gradually build a stronger immune system. Make it a habit to include immunity boosters in your meal and gain good health.
Immunity boosters to add to your foods
Here are some of the immunity boosters found in every Indian kitchen.
One of the top most immunity-boosting foods is ginger. It has a component called gingerol which makes it have a strong flavour. This component makes ginger have antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. In addition to this, gingerol also provides us with the capacity to fight cancer.
Add in a few thin strips of ginger into your dals and subzi to make it more flavourful. You can also crush some and add it to your morning tea to get that immunity boost right at the start of your day!
Honey, also called liquid gold, has innumerable health benefits. Honey has many antibacterial properties which help in fighting against infections and making sure you don’t fall sick. Honey also has properties that help to heal wounds quickly.
Adding honey to your diet is actually pretty easy. You can add it to anything in which you need the sweetness. Oats porridge, smoothies or even spreading it on warm toasts makes it amazing!
Excellent sources of Vitamin C, lemons are packed with all things good! They prevent many serious health conditions like stroke, hypertension, asthma, anaemia etc. Lemons also have the power to flush out toxins from your body resulting in a healthier system.
Hot water with lemon in the morning is a popular drink that helps cut fat as well as improve your immunity. You can squeeze lemon on almost everything like soups, lentils, and snacks like chaat, etc.
Cinnamon is a spice that is loaded with antioxidants. One of the antioxidants is called polyphenol. Polyphenol makes cinnamon protect us against substances that cause heart disease, cancer, etc. Cinnamon also plays a major role in regulating our hormones steering us away from thyroid, diabetes and many such health conditions.
Cinnamon can be used to spice up just about anything from your tea to tarts or even the simplest of curries.
No Indian kitchen is complete without this magical spice. Not only does it add colour and flavour to our food, but it also gives us a boost of immunity and protects us against various diseases. Just like ginger, turmeric also has anti-inflammatory properties. Using turmeric on a daily basis improves digestion and thus, improves overall health.
Having a glass of turmeric milk at night is a sure-shot way to incorporate turmeric into your diet. Otherwise, most of our Indian food does include turmeric. So, pay special attention to adding it in a good quantity and add it with love!
Including these immunity boosters into your diet will keep you healthy and strong for sure. Most of these immunity boosters are also available as supplements.
But before deciding to take any of these supplements, do make sure you speak to your doctor or a nutritionist. To consult a nutritionist at Ayu Health Hospitals, call us at 063661 00800 or visit ayu.health