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Increase in consumption of fresh natural immunity boosters
Friday, 24 September, 2021, 12 : 00 PM [IST]
Varun Khurana
The last two years have brought a major change in the way people eat, drink, and live. A healthy and balanced diet proved to be the most effective measure against Covid-19 infection which helps in boosting immunity. Though forcefully, a major shift has been observed in lifestyle and eating habits of people since the outbreak of the pandemic with higher focus on immunity boosting food. People are now relying on natural immunity boosting instead of supplements, and this positive behavioural change is going to be sustained beyond pandemic. Here’s a list of pocket friendly, natural and easily available fresh produces that one can include in their diet based on the benefits they offer.  

1. Citrus fruits: Being a rich source of vitamin C, citrus fruits are a standout when it comes to prevention from day to day infections or fighting pandemic like Covid-19. With a diverse range of options to choose from, it’s very convenient to add a squeeze of this vitamin to our daily meals. Fruits like oranges, kiwis, limes and grapefruit are few of the best sources and the most commonly consumed citrus fruits.  
2. Green leafy vegetables: When it comes to making us healthier, green leafy vegetables are no less than a blessing. They are an excellent source of fibre, vitamin C and K, minerals, iron and calcium. Green leafy vegetables are a must to be added to one’s diet to meet the daily nutrients requirements of the body. With people becoming aware of organic foods and their benefits, it is advised to include vegetables like lettuce, broccoli, spinach, celery and kale in our daily routine.
3. Nuts: While mentioning about immunity boosting foods, being the powerhouse of nutrients nuts make it to the top of the list. These are famous for making our food tastier and can also be consumed as a snack.
Eating nuts on a routine may improve one's health in many ways, such as by reducing diabetes and heart disease risk, as well as cholesterol. This nutritious high-fibre treat may even aid weight loss — despite its high calorie count. Almonds, raisins, walnuts, fox nuts, peanuts etc. come under the category of healthiest nuts.
4. Bell peppers:
Being one of the richest sources of Vitamin C and other antioxidants, Red and yellow bell peppers serve as a booster dose for the immune system and form beneficial antibodies to win over infectious diseases. They are also good for skin and eyes. Being low in calories and exceptionally rich in vitamins they are an excellent addition to a healthy diet.
5. Herbs & spices: India is known for its variety of herbs and spices that act as potential antiviral preventives. Turmeric, giloy, ginger, pepper are a few household names used in the homemade remedies that proved to be the strongest immunity boosters in the battle against deadly Corona virus. As these herbs offer unparalleled benefits it is always advised to consume these in moderation.

6. Carisma variety of potato: Guess what? One of our favourite foods, potatoes, also comes in the league of immunity boosting products. Carisma varieties of potatoes are meant to help people lower diabetes. The unique melt-in-the-mouth texture can be eaten boiled, mashed, baked or any other way one likes.

(The author is CEO and Founder, Otipy)

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