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Five healthy foods to boost immunity during monsoon

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Is the rainy and humid weather taking a toll on your health? Founder and Director at GAIA Dolly Kumar, an eminent entrepreneur and a health and wellness enthusiast, shares five health foods that you must include in your diet to stay healthy and active during monsoons.
We all love monsoons and we cannot resist ourselves from bingeing on the streetfoods or reach out for a warm cup of tea and a plate of pakodas. But in all the fun, we forget the susceptibilities of infections and diseases, and not to forget the occasional flues during this time of the year. So, if you don’t want to spend the rest of this beautiful season feeling sick, take precautionary steps to fortify you immune system.

Here are five health foods that can not only bolster your immunity but also help you stay active during monsoons:

Who doesn’t crave for a warm cup of tea while it’s raining outside? Treat yourself to a warm, healthy cup of Green Tea and stay energized all day long. A wonderfully healthy beverage, Green tea is packed with anti-oxidants and is known to strengthen immune system and improve memory. This ‘super-drink’ also comes packed with nutrients and minerals that help in increasing detoxification in your body, leaving you with improved digestion and a clear skin. Along with this alluring aroma and pleasant taste, your body is bound to stay hydrated and fresh during monsoons.
Cold and sore throat are common problems during the monsoon season. Honey is proven to have a soothing affect on sore throat. Grate half a ginger, add a spoonful of Multifloral Honey and you have the perfect natural remedy to cure yourself from a sore throat. A great substitute for sugar, honey is a natural sweetener which is fat-free, cholesterol- free and sodium-free. Multifloral Honey also helps in strengthening your immunity.
Are you getting stomach bugs every once in a while this season? Known to contain cooling properties, neem capsules are anti-bacterial, anti-fungal and have blood purifying properties. Neem doesn’t only help increase the body’s resistance against infections but also strengthens one’s immune and digestive system.
Alternatively, you can also pop Aloe Vera capsules which help maintain the overall health. Furthermore, Aloe Vera contains more than twenty amino acids and vital minerals such as calcium, magnesium, sodium along with enzymes, vitamins, polysaccharides, nitrogen and other essential nutrients to meet your daily requirements. It keeps your hair lustrous and maintains skin health. It also aids in proper digestion and is useful in the case of constipation and acidity, something most of us suffer with during monsoon time.
Craving for a steaming plate of pakodas but bugged about health? Why not prepare your own pakodas at home using some healthy Extra Light Olive oil? A great alternative to regular cooking oil and ideal for almost all cuisines, olive oil is rich in monosaturated fatty acids and has a light texture that would compliment with your dish perfectly. Packed with anti-oxidants, it also reduces the risk of cancer, type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular diseases and breast cancer. Get that fine aroma and excellent flavour every time!

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