Foods to Include in Diet to Keep Monsoon Infections Away

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During monsoon, stagnant water which acts as a propagation medium for multiple viruses and bacteria. This, coupled with the humidity, makes the risk of infections much higher during the monsoon compared to other seasons. Hence, it is necessary to prevent such infections and this can be done by adding few foods to your daily diet. Dieticians Kajal Wattamwar and Bushra Qureshi, co-founders of Healthy Steady Go, list them here.

Turmeric

Turmeric

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Turmeric is known for its anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. Curcumin is the active compound present in turmeric that helps boost immunity. Drink it in milk at bedtime with a pinch of pepper powder, or add turmeric powder to your meals, have freshly grated turmeric with honey for colds and coughs. It’s known as the golden spice for a reason, add it to your daily diet and not just monsoon.

Probiotics

Probiotics

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Probiotics are the good bacteria found in the gut. They help boost your immune system. Studies have shown that adding probiotics to the diet increases the production of immune cells and helps promote the production of natural antibodies in the body. Foods like yogurt, kefir, pickles, kombucha, chhaas, kimchi are loaded with probiotics.

Fermented foods are also great for your gut, creating a favorable environment for good bacteria, including those that will help boost your immunity.

Seasonal fruits

Seasonal fruits

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Fruits are naturally rich in antioxidants, vitamins and minerals. Eating the right fruits in the right season is the trick. Monsoon has good fruits in hand like pomegranates, jamun, cherries, pears, plums, peaches, fresh dates. Make sure to eat whole fruit and don’t squeeze it!

ginger and garlic

ginger and garlic

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Most superfoods are already rocking our Indian kitchens! Ginger and garlic are among them. They have antibacterial and immunity-boosting properties. Add garlic to dishes such as soups and rasams which are perfectly comforting if you have a cold. Ginger can help soothe the stomach as it aids digestion, so a cup of ginger tea after meals is perfect.

Spices

Spices

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Spices such as black pepper, clove, ajwain, and cinnamon help improve immunity levels. They include nutrients that aid digestion and help relieve cold and cough symptoms, in addition to benefiting overall health. Prepare a kadha with spices, lemon juice and tulsi leaves and consume it daily.

Foods Rich in Vitamin C

Foods Rich in Vitamin C

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Vitamin C is known to boost your immune block, which is why most multivitamins contain vitamin C. It improves your cellular immune response. Fruits like guava, pomegranate, oranges, jamun are loaded with it. Vegetables like peppers are one of the richest sources of vitamin C.

Other do’s and don’ts…

Other do's and don'ts...

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  • Along with making these additions to your daily diet, be sure to avoid eating raw and uncooked foods. Cooking kills most microorganisms, making it safe for consumption.
  • Make sure you get your daily dose of vitamin D, enjoy what little sun there is.
  • Stay hydrated, the humidity can make you feel different, but drink water even if you’re not thirsty.
  • Sleep well, sleep early, and wake up early to ensure your body is aligned with your circadian rhythms.

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