01/11Here's a list of food items that will strengthen your immune system

Here's a list of food items that will strengthen your immune system

The hot weather calls for extra care for your body's health. Along with the very many infections that it brings, it only becomes obvious to have those many options to take care of your body. And one of the initial things to do to protect yourself from catching any of the viruses is to strengthen your immune system. This is the exact reason why we're here to bring to you a range of foods that you can include in your diet to help boost your immune system and keep illnesses at bay.

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02/11Yoghurt

Yoghurt

Yoghurt is one of the best products to consume in order to give your immune system a boost. It is also high in Vitamin D, which helps to regulate the immune system. Opt for Greek yoghurt or products that contain "live and active cultures". This is what helps to tackle infections and other diseases. Avoid consuming flavoured yoghurt or one with loads of sugar. If you like it a bit sweet, add fresh fruit or honey to it. It will make for the perfect breakfast meal.

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03/11Spinach

Spinach

Spinach has a wealth of nutrients to help build your immune system and make it easier for your body to fight infection. It has a rich source of vitamin C,antioxidants and beta carotene. The best way to consume spinach to get the most out of it is by eating it on it without cooking it so it retains its nutrients. Although, cooking slight enhances its vitamin A which allows makes it easier for other nutrients to be released from oxalic acid. You can eat it in a salad or sandwich. Experiment with this ingredient as it can go with various products.

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04/11Citrus fruits

Citrus fruits

Citrus fruits are popularly consumed to help tackle that pesky cold due to their rich source of vitamin C. However, the benefit of these delicious fruits go beyond fighting off the flu. This vitamin increases the production of white blood cells, which helps to give your immune system a boost and tackle infections. You need to consume it as often as you can as your body does not produce or store the vitamin. Make citrus fruits part of your daily diet.Grapefruit, clementines, oranges, tangerines, lemons and limes are some of the fruits you can try.

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05/11Red bell peppers

Red bell peppers

If you thought that citrus fruits like oranges and lemons contained the highest amounts of Vitamin C, well you thought wrong. Bell peppers contain twice as much Vitamin C as citrus fruits do and also happen to be a rich source of beta carotene. So, not only do they help boost your immune system but they also help you maintain healthy skin.

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06/11Broccoli

Broccoli

Well, if you don't like broccoli and find reasons to avoid consuming it, here's why you should start eating it anyway. It is rich in Vitamins A, C, and E as well as fibres and antioxidants, all of which contribute to a better immune system. But you do need to remember that it needs to be cooked very little if you want it to retain its amazing properties.

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07/11Garlic

Garlic

Who doesn't love the taste of garlic in their food? It's one of the most commonly used food in almost every cuisine worldwide and for good reason. It contains a heavy concentration of sulphur compounds like allicin that can work wonders in boosting your immune system.

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08/11Water

Water

Before we list down any food items, know that water is quite a healthy drink for many health related issues. And it is very much so for strengthening your immune system too. Keeping yourself hydrated will loosen the trapped mucus and so drinking at least 8 glasses a day helps you get rid of illnesses.

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09/11Oranges

Oranges

Oranges are very rich in vitamin C which is an essential nutrient that helps your body each time when you're under the weather. Vitamin C prevents common cold very effectively and also lowers the duration and severity of cold.

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10/11Greek yogurt

Greek yogurt

Greek yogurt is infused with probiotics that battle sicknesses and is highly packed with more protein than the basic yogurt. Probiotics help in doing away the common cold. And so, people who eat probiotics on a regular basis have lesser chances to catch a cold as compared to those who don't consume probiotics at all.

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