Monday March 30, 2020

Consume These Superfoods to Boost Your Immunity

Five superfoods for a stronger immune system

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Here are five superfoods that may boost your immunity and possibly make you guard against diseases. Pixabay

BY SIDDHI JAIN

Having a properly-functioning immune system is essential for a healthy life. Mostly, our immune systems manage to fight the disease-causing microbes but external forces like superfoods can help boost them.

Mohamad Yusuf N Shaikh, Founder Kudrati Ayurved Health Center suggests five superfoods that may boost your immunity and possibly make you guard against diseases.

Ginger

Ginger is widely known to reduce inflammation and relieve nausea, which is why it is an excellent remedy for cold and sore throat. It also improves digestion and cardiovascular health. According to some research, it can also lower the risk of cancer. It can be consumed easily by adding it in tea and soups.

Garlic

Garlic is one of the best known natural immunity boosters. Besides giving an extra flavour to your food, garlic helps in maintaining blood pressure and cholesterol levels. Moreover, garlic is rife with antioxidants, which work towards strengthening your body’s natural defence mechanism.

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Goji berries are enriched with a lot of vitamins and that is why can help boost your immunity. Pixabay

Goji berries

Goji berries, also known as wolfberries, are a treasure trove of nutrients. They contain vitamin B and C, essential fatty acids, amino acids along with many minerals and trace elements. Goji berries promote healthy skin, maintain blood sugar levels, prevent liver damage and reduce depression and anxiety. They are also known to prevent the onset of cancer. To make your breakfast healthy, sprinkle some Goji berries over your muesli or add them to a smoothie.

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Despite their small size, Chia seeds are packed with plenty of essential nutrients that can boost immunity. Pixabay

Chia seeds

Despite their small size, Chia seeds are packed with plenty of essential nutrients. They provide fibre, iron and calcium and are a rich source of antioxidants and Omega-3 fatty acids. Omega-3 fatty acids are required for the production of HDL cholesterol (the good cholesterol), which prevents heart attacks. Chia seeds can be consumed directly or by mixing in salad or yogurt.

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Cinnamon

Besides adding a delectable smell to the food, cinnamon also serves as a great immunity booster. It is known to reduce the multiplication of bacteria inside the body and therefore, serves as a great remedy to sore throat. Cinnamon also reduces the risk of heart disease and it can improve sensitivity to the hormone insulin and therefore has an anti-diabetic effect. So, next time you go for a tea or coffee, try adding a little cinnamon. (IANS)

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Here Are Some Health-Boosting Beverages Which You Can Try

Want to have a quick, refreshing drink that also boosts your health and immunity? Look no further

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Beverages can make you feel refreshed and energized. Pixabay

Want to have a quick, refreshing drink that also boosts your health and immunity? Look no further, these recipes don’t come out of a bottle and are healthier options suggests Chef Ayesha Nallaseth, Culinary Product Specialist, Tupperware India.

Banana Walnut Shake

Ingredients:

Half tropical cup banana,
peeled and quartered
1 cup milk
2 tbsp walnuts
chopped
4-5 ice cubes
Honey to drizzle

Method: Chop the banana and walnut. Add the mixture to Tupperware Quick Shake, pour milk, honey and ice cubes and shake well till well incorporated and serve immediately.

Tip: Complete food for the nerves, muscle, immunity and brain to save them from damage and boost recovery.

Ultimate Green Smoothie

Ingredients:

1 cup soy milk/almond milk
1 cup spinach leaves
1 banana
1 tbsp peanut butter

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Healthy beverages may actually boost your immunity and help you stay fit in long run. Pixabay

Method: Add the spinach leaves banana and peanut butter and finely chop. Add ice cubes to quick shake add the above mix and soy or almond milk and shake well. Serve chilled.

Kahwa tea

Ingredients:

2 cups water
1 Tsp tea leaves
2 tsp sugar
4 green cardamom
1 pc Cinnamon stick,
4 to 5 strands saffron (optional)

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Method: Boil water add the tea leaves and sugar and strain and pour it in the flask. Then add the cardamom, cinnamon sticks and saffron strands.

Close the flask. Serve using smidgets as a welcome drink. (IANS)