The grey skies, cool weather, and showers make us crave for the classic combo of masala chai (or coffee) and pakora. While an occasional binge during the monsoon is acceptable, you need to ensure that you have stocked up on your share of superfoods. Monsoon is known to usher a number of infections and diseases—diarrhoea, cold, cough, flu, and food poisoning. According to Amreen Shaikh, Dietician at Wockhardt Hospital, Mumbai Central, most of these health issues arise from what we eat and drink on a daily basis. To build a stronger immunity there are foods that work better than others, here are some of the most recommended ones.
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Ginger and Garlic
Payal Kothari, a Mumbai-based nutritionist, recommends ginger and garlic. Both are known to help in digestion and their anti-bacterial properties. Apart from this, garlic helps in healing wounds and prevent blood clots, while ginger helps eliminate congestion and kills cold-causing viruses.
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Indian Spices – Fenugreek Seeds, Asafoetida, Black Pepper and Cloves
All these spices are known for providing better immunity. In addition to that, they help in digestion and flushing out sinuses from our body.
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India’s go-to superfood, turmeric, is a tried-and-tested home remedy for cold, cough, congestion, and wounds. Shaikh says that turmeric contains an active agent called curcumin, which can stimulate our immune system. It is also referred to as a ‘natural aspirin’ as it helps relieve pain due to headaches and wounds.
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