Some winter superfoods to boost your immunity

Wednesday 24th November 2021 06:06 EST

The onset of winter can bring with it certain health conditions like arthritis and skin conditions like dryness, eczema, and psoriasis. Combating the cold will need much more than warm clothes and blankets. The right diet will keep you warm from inside and make your immunity strong.

Foods like amla, ghee, bajra, dates, millets, nuts, mustard, cruciferous vegetables keep seasonal health issues at bay during the winters. We discuss six such foods that will work wonders on your body this cold season.

Ghee: Pure ghee is one of the most easily digestible fats that is capable of generating instant heat and energy in your body. A moderated consumption of ghee can also keep skin from getting dry and flaky. Add ghee to your roti, rice, dal, or sabzis, during the winter season.

Sweet Potatoes: These roots are a winter delight that offer so much. It is rich in fibre, Vitamin A, potassium, and other nutrients. Its regular consumption can help cure constipation, build immunity, and may reduce inflammation. A single piece of the vegetable is enough to provide a day’s worth of beta-carotene, and is good for developing a strong immune system, and fulfilling the body’s vitamin C requirements.

Amla: The domestic gooseberry or Amla as most Indians know it by is packed with immunity-boosting vitamin C that helps to keep infections at bay.

Millets: Low-glycemic, high in fibre, and packed with a range of nutrients, millets like ragi, bajra give you enough warmth to sail through chilled winters. Ragi is loaded with dietary fibre and helps in improving digestion. It is known to help with conditions of insomnia, anxiety, and depression too. Meanwhile, bajra is rich in fibre and Vitamin B and promotes muscle gain.

Nuts: A regular intake of nuts in the winters ensures an active nervous system and helps to keep the heart and mind healthy. Almonds and walnuts lower bad cholesterol, control blood sugar levels, and reduce inflammation. While almonds are rich in Vitamin E, antioxidants, and magnesium, walnuts are a great source of Omega-3.

Mustard Leaves: Who doesn’t love a delicious plate of Sarso Ka Saag and Makki Ki Roti. The combination is loaded with powerful antioxidants like Vitamin K, A, and C, along with a variety of minerals. It provides benefits to people suffering from health diseases, asthma, and menopausal symptoms, and plays a big role in boosting immunity.

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