When it comes to preventing and fighting infections and diseases caused due to the rainy season, these monsoon superfoods should become your new best friend. Try including them in your diet through various recipes.
Check out our website to find ideas for your next dish including some of these helpful ingredients.
- Mushrooms: They are loaded with healthy antioxidants and immunity boosters that are great for your gut. Be careful to select good quality mushrooms and wash them properly.
- Turmeric: As a dietary supplement, turmeric curcumin supplies you with a healthy dose of powerful antioxidants. It also has a positive effect on our inflammation response which can greatly benefit the healthy functioning of the immune system.
- Black pepper: This spice is a powerhouse of nutrients such as phosphorus, manganese, carotene, selenium and vitamin K. It is great for throat infections and battling a cold.
- Garlic and ginger: Garlic contains a good amount of sulphur-containing compounds such as allicin and ginger packs some heat in the form of gingerol, a relative of capsaicin. Both the ingredients are a must have for building immunity and keeping healthy.
- Bitter foods: Vegetables like methi, bitter gourd, neem etc are vastly helpful in combating the health effects of the so called flu season.
- Green tea: Green tea is loaded with powerful antioxidants which can help in strengthening the immune system. Green tea infusions with ginger, clove, cinnamon and peppercorn can also boost immunity. You can also sweeten it with a little honey.
- Tulsi: Also known as holy basil, it is an excellent herb to soothe a cough, sore throat and reduce inflammation. Adding tulsi leaves to your daily tea or with hot water is a great way to remain healthy during the monsoons.
- Lemon: Lemons and lemon peels are jam packed with essential nutrients for a healthy living and work very well to foster a good healthy body during the season.
- Lean meats: Lean meats like egg whites help to keep the body warm without putting excess pressure on the system and therefore are a good option to add during a rainy season diet.
- Pulses: Lighter dals and preparations should be preferred as digestion gets skewed during the wet weather. Dals and pulses are greatly beneficial to our bodies and should definitely be included in a monsoon diet as well.
- Bell peppers: This versatile vegetable is packed with vitamin C and many other necessary minerals. Use it in salads, soups, boiled, or in curries.
- Nuts and seeds: Almonds, pine nuts, walnuts, apricots, raisins, ground nuts, dates, sunflower seeds and sesame seeds are loaded with immunity-boosters like omega-3, zinc and magnesium. Include them in your daily diet as well.
We hope some of these tips may help you find a healthy balance within your body and give you ideas for what works best in terms of combating ailments and illnesses. Do remember to check out the many recipes we have for you on the website. Let us know what you think of these tips.
Until next time – stay healthy, stay happy!
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