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The Monsoons are upon us. As much as it is a season that comes with the pleasure of the rains, the greenery and the chai & pakoras, it’s also a season that brings some seasonal ailments like the flu, allergies, and infections in its wake. In an already challenging situation we are all faced with you don’t want to fall prey to monsoon illnesses. Here are some foods, as put together by the author in the article below, that will help strengthen your immunity this rainy season. Team RetyrSmart
Stay better protected from Monsoon ailments with these foods
Here is her list of five super-healthy foods that will not only boost your immunity and health but also ensure that you remain active and focused during the day.
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Every Indian loves a nice cup of steaming hot tea, especially during the monsoon hours. Sipping tea in the comfort of your homes while listening to the music of the monsoon shower is one of the simpler pleasures of life. Instead of having regular milk and sugar concoction, switch to a nice and aromatic cup of green tea. A warm healthy dose of green tea helps you stay invigorated throughout the day. Green tea is fortified with natural antioxidants. It is also a great source for bolstering the immune system and enhancing one’s memory. The minerals and nutrients in green tea help the body to detoxify its impurities accumulated over time. They also improve the body’s digestive system and also help in cleansing the skin.
It is nature’s answer to most health ailments. Honey is the ideal remedy for sore throats, coughs and cold due to its soothing effect on the throat. Multifloral honey, when consumed with some ginger, is the perfect cure for ailing throats. A natural substitute for sugar, multifloral honey is also a great immunity booster as it is free from fat, cholesterol and sodium.
Neem is the king of all medicinal plants and has been used since the ancient times to cure all kinds of diseases and disorders. It is the perfect remedy for stomach bugs, which are so prevalent in this season. The cooling properties of neem are next to none and can be consumed in the form of readymade capsules. Its anti-bacterial, anti-fungal and blood-cleansing properties aid in building up the body’s resistance against external infections and malicious agents. Neem also helps in strengthening the body’s immunity and digestion.
Aloe Vera is great for maintaining the overall health. It is a powerhouse of nutrients as it contains more than twenty amino acids and essential minerals such as calcium, magnesium, and sodium along with enzymes, vitamins, polysaccharides, nitrogen and other vital nutrients. It also improves hair and skin texture and keeps them healthy and lustrous. A natural cure for constipation and acidity, Aloe vera can also improve the body’s digestive system.
The rainy season is a catalyst for heightening one’s cravings for fried snacks like pakoras. It is alright to indulge your taste buds every once in a while. Just make sure that you replace the ordinary cooking oil with the healthy and extra flavourful light olive oil. Olive oil being rich in mono-saturated fatty acids, has a light texture that complements a dish perfectly, making it a great alternative to regular cooking oil and ideal for almost all cuisines. It also reduces the risk of cancer, Type-2 Diabetes, cardiovascular diseases and breast cancer as it is packed with numerous anti-oxidants. Now who said fried pakoras cannot be healthy!