Winter Foods to Strengthen Immunity

Winter is around the corner and the risk of infection by cold, flu and fever high. Winter is all about seasonal fruits and tasty recipes but the changing weather can be hard on the body. A strong immunity in winter is not just to prevent us from falling sick but also to maintain our skin, hair, and joint health. Diet and nutrition are one of the things that can help keep gain good immunity.

Ghee (Clarified Butter): A moderated consumption of ghee can also help keep skin from getting dry and flaky. It is one of the most easily digestible fats that is capable of generating instant heat and energy to keep your body warm.

Sweet Potatoes: It is rich in fibre, vitamin A and potassium and high in nutrients. A single piece of it is enough to provide a day’s worth of beta-carotene. It is good for developing a strong immune system, and fulfill the body’s vitamin C requirements.

Gooseberry: The humble Indian gooseberry that comes packed with immunity-boosting vitamin C that helps to keep infections at bay. 

Dates: They not only taste great, but can also be used in a variety of desserts as a natural sweetener. Rich in calcium, dates help to keep bone and teeth strong.

Jaggery: Jaggery also acts as a powerful lung cleanser and can benefit people living in high pollution. This healthy sugar alternative has immense warming properties. 

Cruciferous Vegetables: Broccoli and cauliflower, packed with fibre, vitamins, minerals, and beneficial antioxidants, help to protect against winter illnesses. 

Nuts: Almonds are rich in vitamin E, antioxidants, and magnesium, while walnuts are a great source of Omega-3. A regular intake of nuts, warm and hot in nature, among other things, ensures an active nervous system and helps to keep the heart and mind healthy.

Garlic: When garlic is crushed or chewed, the compound alliin responsible for a distinctive taste and smell helps the immune system fight against cold and flu.

Ginger: The anti-microbial property of ginger helps body fight against germs, viruses and bacteria which are the main causes of sickness during winter. Ginger has oxidative and anti-inflammtory properties which help cure the sore throat in winters.


Sources: https://fit.thequint.com/chew-on-this/foods-to-boost-immunity-in-winter

https://www.hindustantimes.com/lifestyle/health/10-winter-superfoods-to-keep-your-immunity-strong-101637476980287.html

Author: Pallabi Sinha

I am a Nutritionist with 6 years of expertise in the field. I have a knack of convincing people to switch to a healthier lifestyle.