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Immunity Boosting Foods to Build a Healthy Life in Fight Against COVID-19

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To help boost your immune systems naturally, we have curated a smorgasbord of immunity-boosting food choices for you that will also make your diet colourful.

The Coronavirus pandemic that has thrown our lives out of gear. Who knew that the viral disease called COVID-19 would hit mankind and cause mayhem and deaths nearly congruous to the biblical Apocalypse. But hey, every cloud has a silver lining. With anti-covid-19 vaccines showing promise across the globe, the proverbial light at the end of the tunnel is though - with any luck - imminent but looks dim.

Vaccine shots are just half the battle. What we need to stop taking for granted eternally is what we eat as a nutritious diet keeps our immune system optimally functioning and helps us fight off diseases even the SARs-COV2 that causes COVID-19.

To help boost your immune systems naturally, we have curated a smorgasbord of immunity-boosting food choices for you that will also make your diet colourful. Here you go:

• Greens, Seeds and Nuts: Spinach, avocado, seeds and nuts are rich sources of Vitamin E – a fat-soluble vitamin that helps in regulating and propping up immune system function.

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• Citrus Fruits: Eating fruits fortified with Vitamin C such as oranges, tangerines, kiwifruit and lemons can increase white blood cell production, a key weapon against infectious diseases.

• Greens and Root Vegetables: Squash, carrots, spinach, kale, apricots, sweet potato, and cantaloupe are rich in beta-carotene – a precursor of Vitamin A which is an anti-inflammatory vitamin boosting your antibodies to fight off a virus.

• Green Tea: Green Tea is an excellent source of anti-oxidants that enhance immune system function. It is also fortified with amino-acids that consolidates T-cells in a human body, which in turn reduces inflammation and stands guard against infection.

• Fish and eggs: Consuming food such as salmon, canned tuna, mushrooms and egg yolks can nourish your body with Vitamin D, which is another key vitamin that helps regulate the body’s immune response.

• Garlic: Garlic is naturally enriched with compounds that help the production of infection-fighting T-cells in your body. It can help reduce the production of stress hormones in the body and thereby facilitate functioning of the immune system at its optimum.

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first published:June 22, 2021, 14:00 IST