Fight Flu

Health & Nutrition - - NUTRITION UPDATE -

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.

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