Immunity Boosting Foods

Winters are the best time to increase your immunity and because you can munch on all the foods which increase the heat in our body, it gets a little easier to work on the immunity. During these chilly months, you can not only take care of your health but you can take care of your skin as well by providing your body the much needed nutrition from within.

The foods which we are listing today re so healthy that even a diabetic can include them in their diet without hesitation. Let’s get started, give your taste buds a tantalizing ride this winter and your immune system a super boost.

Pomegranate

This is the most beautiful looking fruit you will find on every fruit vendor’s stall in winters. These red little seeds are a perfect blend of tart and sugar. You can eat them directly or toss them on top of any salad. ALmost half a cup of pomegranate seeds has 70 calories, 16 grams of carb, and 3.5 grams of essential fiber. Along with these pomegranate is rich in folate and B Vitamins. Antioxidant anthocyanins gives the seeds their deep red hue and make them the best immunity boosting food for mumma.

TIP: Buy the heaviest fruit; it would be the juiciest

Citrus Fruits

All our lives we have heard that vitamin C is perfect to increase ones immunity. In India, seasonal fruits are always preferred and hence winters are perfect for oranges, grapefruits, tangerines, lemons, and limes. All the citrus fruits are great immunity boosting foods which contain potassium and are very beneficial for electrolyte balance. The benefits of vitamin C may include protection against immune system deficiencies, and many other issues like cardiovascular disease, prenatal health problems, eye disease, and even skin wrinkling.

Cabbage

This is the most underrated veggie we find in our market. There are two variations which we find – green and red. They both are very rich in vitamins A, C, and K and work on many levels in our body. Vitamin K helps with bone health by increasing bone density and decreasing the risk for osteoporosis. Vitamin C and A does wonders with the immunity and skin.

Sweet Potatoes

The nice sweet taste of this starchy veggie is an addition of flavor to our full platter of food. Sweet potatoes are an excellent source of beta-carotene, an antioxidant, which helps reduce cell damage in the body. It is a great way to detox your body and to revitalize your immune system. You can add some black pepper, ginger and cinnamon to top up this sweet savory and enjoy.

Cinnamon

In India winters are the only season which brings the freedom to use this kitchen essential. Cinnamon contains essential oils that have anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties. Cinnamon also helps in reducing insulin resistance and lowering the blood sugar as well. Cinnamon can also help you fight off those fall colds as an immune simulator.