It’s that time of the year again when everyone is raving about how amazing the weather is…but, with a tissue in hand. It’s the season of the common cold and flu aka monsoon!And don’t get us wrong. We love it, but we also know how sick people can get this time of year. If you’re facing that problem, here are foods to help boost your immunity this season.
Garlic has sulfur-containing elements that can fight off the viruses responsible for the common cold and flu. However, garlic should be treated and consumed in the right way. Letting it stand for 10 minutes post slicing and crushing it is advised.
Sweet potatoes provide the greatest amount of beta-carotene from all vegetables. Yes, even more than carrots. They even contain more than your daily requirement of Vitamin A. This nutrient assists in keeping the mucous lining in your nose healthy. And this acts as the first defense against bacteria and fungus that causes the colds and flu. Vitamin A also makes white blood cells, which fight off infections.
They contain higher quantities of Vitamin C than citrus fruits and are also rich in Beta-carotene. Vitamin C helps fight antibodies which eventually helps fight infections.
Tumeric, much like you already know has incredible healing properties! It exhibits enviable anti-inflammatory, anti-fungal, and antibacterial properties.
The body needs zinc to activate T-cells, which are critical for proper immune function. This is why people with Zinc deficiencies are immune to several types of illnesses. Zinc is often taken as a natural cold remedy as well. Lamb, pumpkin seeds, chickpeas, cocoa powder, yogurt and mushrooms are great sources of this mineral.
Inflammation is the body’s protective response to infection. However, inflammation can give rise to flu and chronic infections. Probiotics staunchly support the body’s defenses against such infections. Try yogurt, beet kvass, home fermented veggies, kefir, sauerkraut, and kimchi.