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13 Superfoods That Help Improve Your Immunity

Polka Café logo Polka Café 16/02/2017 Samudrika Pattanaik

Monsoons are a season that is enjoyed by all age groups as it brings along the calmness, the serenity and immense happiness to our lives. Not to forget, the rain showers are the blessing for the farmers and for the rest of us as it’s the main source of water. Giving a reason to celebrate and enjoy, monsoon gets the families together. The kids happily dance under the sky embracing the rain showers, the families sit together to enjoy tea and pakodas followed by chit-chat, and the street vendors get busy with their profit making. Unfortunately, this also invites loads of infections, indigestion problems, and cold and cough problems. Although following a few food habits are good enough to keep you away from such health problems. The bacteria and viruses destroy the immunity system and the happy mood often enters into a worried zone. Keeping that in mind, we bring you a list of 13 simple home remedies that are loaded with essential nutrients, and promises to boost the immunity system in a short span of time.: 13 Superfoods That Help Improve Your Immunity © Polkacafe 13 Superfoods That Help Improve Your Immunity

Monsoons are a season that is enjoyed by all age groups as it brings along the calmness, the serenity and immense happiness to our lives. Not to forget, the rain showers are the blessing for the farmers and for the rest of us as it’s the main source of water. Giving a reason to celebrate and enjoy, monsoon gets the families together. The kids happily dance under the sky embracing the rain showers, the families sit together to enjoy tea and pakodas followed by chit-chat, and the street vendors get busy with their profit making. Unfortunately, this also invites loads of infections, indigestion problems, and cold and cough problems. Although following a few food habits are good enough to keep you away from such health problems. The bacteria and viruses destroy the immunity system and the happy mood often enters into a worried zone. Keeping that in mind, we bring you a list of 13 simple home remedies that are loaded with essential nutrients, and promises to boost the immunity system in a short span of time.

1. Tulsi Leaves

Tulsi is the most common plant in every household in India. Known for its amazing medicinal properties, the plant is worshipped by the Hindu. The urge of sipping a cup of tea in the pleasant weather can be substituted with Tulsi-flavored tea or chewing about 3-4 raw leaves would also help in strengthening the immunity system of a person. It can also be consumed as flavoured water by adding few leaves of Tulsi to the pitcher of water. This herb has anti-bacterial properties and helps cure fever, flu, sore throat and many other ailments.: Tulsi Leaves © globalperspect.com Tulsi Leaves

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Tulsi is the most common plant in every household in India. Known for its amazing medicinal properties, the plant is worshipped by the Hindu. The urge of sipping a cup of tea in the pleasant weather can be substituted with Tulsi-flavored tea or chewing about 3-4 raw leaves would also help in strengthening the immunity system of a person. It can also be consumed as flavoured water by adding few leaves of Tulsi to the pitcher of water. This herb has anti-bacterial properties and helps cure fever, flu, sore throat and many other ailments.

2. Garlic

Don’t go by its size - This small sized cloves are highly recommended to consume during monsoons and winters because it has the ability to keep away cold and flu. It can be consumed on a regular basis and in any form (raw or cooked). It is packed with antiseptic and anti-fungal properties along with some important nutrients including vitamins B1, B6, vitamin C, iron and phosphorous. Garlic not only helps the immune system to take charge but gives an amazing flavour when added to your regular food. Many experts recommend it to be one of the best natural immunity boosters. © www.safaloverseas.com Garlic

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Don’t go by its size - This small sized cloves are highly recommended to consume during monsoons and winters because it has the ability to keep away cold and flu. It can be consumed on a regular basis and in any form (raw or cooked). It is packed with antiseptic and anti-fungal properties along with some important nutrients including vitamins B1, B6, vitamin C, iron and phosphorous. Garlic not only helps the immune system to take charge but gives an amazing flavour when added to your regular food. Many experts recommend it to be one of the best natural immunity boosters.

3. Turmeric

Another commonly used Indian spice that is loaded with anti-bacterial properties is turmeric. Remember how our grannies had to force us to drink that haldiwala doodh (Milk mixed with turmeric) during our childhood days. This yellow colour spice is used so casually by us that sometimes we forget about its medicinal properties. Removing tan, unwanted facial hair, healing wounds, subsiding pain due to the cuts or wounds, and healing our immune system - these are just a few of its health benefits. © www.fashionlady.in Turmeric

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Another commonly used Indian spice that is loaded with anti-bacterial properties is turmeric. Remember how our grannies had to force us to drink that haldiwala doodh (Milk mixed with turmeric) during our childhood days. This yellow colour spice is used so casually by us that sometimes we forget about its medicinal properties. Removing tan, unwanted facial hair, healing wounds, subsiding pain due to the cuts or wounds, and healing our immune system - these are just a few of its health benefits.

4. Ginger

Easily available throughout the year, gingers are used very regularly in most Indian kitchens. One of the key ingredients of our Indian curries ginger is also used in some of the drinks including lemonade and tea and thus is easy to use on a daily basis. Whether you are a tea lover or not, the rain showers and cool breezes can surely tempt you to have that adrakwali chai (Ginger tea), which indirectly boosts your immune system. Adding a special zest to the usual recipes, this antiseptic root has the property to kill the virus causing flu and sore throat. © tipsncare.blogspot.in Ginger

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Easily available throughout the year, gingers are used very regularly in most Indian kitchens. One of the key ingredients of our Indian curries ginger is also used in some of the drinks including lemonade and tea and thus is easy to use on a daily basis. Whether you are a tea lover or not, the rain showers and cool breezes can surely tempt you to have that adrakwali chai (Ginger tea), which indirectly boosts your immune system. Adding a special zest to the usual recipes, this antiseptic root has the property to kill the virus causing flu and sore throat.

5. Vitamin C

To improve our body's immune system, it is strongly recommended to have balance intake of all the nutrients. One such nutrient is vitamin C, whose presence in our diet makes our system work with full power. Vitamin C is present in all the citrus food, including lemons, oranges and kiwi. Experts say that they increase the production of white blood cells that helps in fighting against bacteria. © www.gdhconsulting.com Vitamin C

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To improve our body's immune system, it is strongly recommended to have balance intake of all the nutrients. One such nutrient is vitamin C, whose presence in our diet makes our system work with full power. Vitamin C is present in all the citrus food, including lemons, oranges and kiwi. Experts say that they increase the production of white blood cells that helps in fighting against bacteria.

6. Cinnamon

The miracle food for diabetic patients, this spice not only helps in controlling sugar but is a great source to make our immune system stronger. Including this spice in our daily diet would do wonders to our body as it’s loaded with anti-bacterial, antiviral and antifungal properties. The consumption of cinnamon also helps to rev up the metabolism, which helps in weight loss. This can be used in any form but mostly used in our Indian curries. Sprinkling cinnamon powder in our tea and fruit or vegetable salad would also be a great way to use cinnamon regularly. © www.organicauthority.com Cinnamon

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The miracle food for diabetic patients, this spice not only helps in controlling sugar but is a great source to make our immune system stronger. Including this spice in our daily diet would do wonders to our body as it’s loaded with anti-bacterial, antiviral and antifungal properties. The consumption of cinnamon also helps to rev up the metabolism, which helps in weight loss. This can be used in any form but mostly used in our Indian curries. Sprinkling cinnamon powder in our tea and fruit or vegetable salad would also be a great way to use cinnamon regularly.

7. Neem

This natural herb is still used in many Indian villages. Mainly known to be used when a person gets chicken, this natural herb is said to reduce inflammation and improve the immunity system. Research has also claimed that its antibacterial and antifungal properties not only cures skin infection but also helps in controlling blood sugar, and has anti-cancer properties.: Neem © isha.sadhguru.org Neem

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This natural herb is still used in many Indian villages. Mainly known to be used when a person gets chicken, this natural herb is said to reduce inflammation and improve the immunity system. Research has also claimed that its antibacterial and antifungal properties not only cures skin infection but also helps in controlling blood sugar, and has anti-cancer properties.

8. Yogurt

Having a spoonful of curd and sugar before exams or a special event is a common practice in Indian culture. This is mainly because curd has coolant properties and sugar is the source of energy, resulting in channelising the energies in a right way. Yogurt is a great source of Vitamin D that helps to regulate the immune system. Have it in the form of liquid (lassi or chaas), as a dip, in salads, as a substitute to milk that can be used to mix with the morning cereals or with fruits. Its probiotic content earnestly helps to fight against cold. © yoeigroup.com Yogurt

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Having a spoonful of curd and sugar before exams or a special event is a common practice in Indian culture. This is mainly because curd has coolant properties and sugar is the source of energy, resulting in channelising the energies in a right way. Yogurt is a great source of Vitamin D that helps to regulate the immune system. Have it in the form of liquid (lassi or chaas), as a dip, in salads, as a substitute to milk that can be used to mix with the morning cereals or with fruits. Its probiotic content earnestly helps to fight against cold.

9. Fruits

The association of fruits with human body is simply amazing. Whether it’s the apple that attracted the Eve and Adam or the Chinese fruit/Indian plum/ Ziziphus mauritiana (ber in hindi) tasted and offered to Lord Rama by his devotee Shabri. Fruits are considered to be (satvik) pious and thus offered to the Hindu God/Goddess. Many people survive solely on fruits during their fasting days as it is loaded with essential vitamins and minerals. During monsoons, seasonal fruits including litchi, apples, plums, bananas, pomegranate and peaches are preferred as they do not get infested with worms easily and also helps in building immunity. © amazinginfo.com Fruits

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The association of fruits with human body is simply amazing. Whether it’s the apple that attracted the Eve and Adam or the Chinese fruit/Indian plum/ Ziziphus mauritiana (ber in hindi) tasted and offered to Lord Rama by his devotee Shabri. Fruits are considered to be (satvik) pious and thus offered to the Hindu God/Goddess. Many people survive solely on fruits during their fasting days as it is loaded with essential vitamins and minerals. During monsoons, seasonal fruits including litchi, apples, plums, bananas, pomegranate and peaches are preferred as they do not get infested with worms easily and also helps in building immunity.

10. Dry Fruits And Nuts

Once claimed to be a food of the rich, now is commonly found in our kitchens. Starting from its usage as toppings for ice creams to adding it in Indian curries to give a thick consistency, it has indeed stolen our hearts. Nuts are also filled with omega 3 fatty acids, zinc, vitamin E and other vital nutrients and thus are beneficial in boosting the immune systems. Raisins, dates, cashew nuts, walnuts and all other dry fruits and nuts are imperative to be added in our diet. Dry fruits come with a package of anti-oxidant properties and are essential for the overall health benefits.Figs: Available throughout the year as dry fruits, they are packed with potassium and manganese. They are good antioxidants that speed up our immune system. © www.momjunction.com Dry Fruits And Nuts

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Once claimed to be a food of the rich, now is commonly found in our kitchens. Starting from its usage as toppings for ice creams to adding it in Indian curries to give a thick consistency, it has indeed stolen our hearts. Nuts are also filled with omega 3 fatty acids, zinc, vitamin E and other vital nutrients and thus are beneficial in boosting the immune systems. Raisins, dates, cashew nuts, walnuts and all other dry fruits and nuts are imperative to be added in our diet. Dry fruits come with a package of anti-oxidant properties and are essential for the overall health benefits.

Figs: Available throughout the year as dry fruits, they are packed with potassium and manganese. They are good antioxidants that speed up our immune system.

Pistachios: Again an expensive one but deserves to be on your platter due to its antioxidant properties. Often used in sweets and desserts, this can also be consumed in raw form.

Almonds: Nutritionists recommend the consumption of almonds on a daily basis to improve memory. It’s a regular practice at most Indian households mainly with kids. It’s a great snack to munch on for the weight watchers. It also is a key source of vitamin E, helping in improving the immune system.

11. Herbal Tea

Monsoons and tea are inseparable as it not only refreshes your mood but gives that warm touch to your body. Tea is loaded with flavonoids, polyphenols and anti-oxidants, which help in boosting the immunity. However, experts recommend drinking green or black tea without milk for better results. It’s a great thing to be added in the diet if improving metabolism is also a target.: Herbal Tea © Polkacafe Herbal Tea

Monsoons and tea are inseparable as it not only refreshes your mood but gives that warm touch to your body. Tea is loaded with flavonoids, polyphenols and anti-oxidants, which help in boosting the immunity. However, experts recommend drinking green or black tea without milk for better results. It’s a great thing to be added in the diet if improving metabolism is also a target.

12. Saffron Milk/ Kesar Milk

It’s not a hidden fact that saffron is the most expensive spice worldwide mainly because of its medicinal properties. The amalgamation of protein-rich milk and saffron acts like a magic drink and prevent sore throats, cold and cough. Other than improving the immune system, saffron is good for the skin, hair, detoxifying, controls blood pressure, helps in pregnancy and has many other health benefits. It assures a distinct flavour when added to any dish but mainly used in biryanis and special sweets.: Saffron Milk/ Kesar Milk © honestlyyum.com Saffron Milk/ Kesar Milk

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It’s not a hidden fact that saffron is the most expensive spice worldwide mainly because of its medicinal properties. The amalgamation of protein-rich milk and saffron acts like a magic drink and prevent sore throats, cold and cough. Other than improving the immune system, saffron is good for the skin, hair, detoxifying, controls blood pressure, helps in pregnancy and has many other health benefits. It assures a distinct flavour when added to any dish but mainly used in biryanis and special sweets.

13. Wheatgrass

Not known to many, wheatgrass is an excellent source to build the immunity system. According to a study conducted by the American Cancer Society, wheatgrass helps in reducing mouth and throat infections, bronchitis, mucous membranes, common cold, and diarrhoea © www.nutritionsectrets.com Wheatgrass

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Not known to many, wheatgrass is an excellent source to build the immunity system. According to a study conducted by the American Cancer Society, wheatgrass helps in reducing mouth and throat infections, bronchitis, mucous membranes, common cold, and diarrhoea

Getting adequate amount of sleep, reducing stress and usage of coconut oil are few other ways to improve the immunity. 

Here are a few easy health tips you could follow to stay healthy this monsoon.

Also, you should start using these kitchen ingredients that your grandmom used as cures.

Which of these foods are you likely to include to improve your immunity? Tell us in the comments below. 

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