As seasons change and monsoon slowly bids adieu, there is a significant rise in flu cases. Fortunately, there are certain foods that provide immunity against seasonal flu by boosting one’s immunity.
Garlic: Many studies have found garlic to be an immunity booster and symptom reliever. It has antiviral, antifungal and antibacterial properties.
Citrus fruits: Fruits which belong to the citrus family are rich in vitamin C, which is an antioxidant known to enhance the immune system. Orange, lemon and even pepper are good sources of vitamin C. Tomato is another good source of vitamin C.
Probiotics: Probiotics such as yogurt, curd, lassi, chhaas are good sources of gut microbes, which help digest food. They constitute the ‘good’ gut flora, which helps boost immunity, prevent inflammation and infections, and regulate metabolism.
Ginger: Not only does it rejuvenate the system, it also helps alleviate symptoms of flu like chest congestion. It is also available as a medicinal supplement; however, it is best to consume it raw or cooked in food.