by Sudtsha Sanyal
The changing weather brings with it coughs, sniffles, and sore throats. Here’s a list of healthy, immune-boosting foods that help boost kid’s immunity in the fall-winter season
Early sunset accompanied by long nights and short day time, sudden drop in the temperature making us shift from air conditioners to fan and further reducing of the fan speed, dryness of skin and hair, the onset of fresh winter vegetables and definitely much-awaited festive mood filling up in the air with festivities hovering over is enough to indicate that we have entered fall or the late autumn as is commonly known in India.
The smooth transition from sultry summer to pleasant fall is divine but it also brings along with it a plethora of diseases. A strong immune system can play a strong defensive role in keeping the diseases at bay. Sharing with you all the 8 immune-boosting foods for kids during the change of season.
This ancient Indian spice which contains curcumin has many medicinal values. It is rich in antioxidants and has anti-inflammatory properties. By adding a teaspoon of turmeric in your daily food you can ward off any disease.
These trinity roots not only make the dish tastier but also have immune-boosting properties. Garlic has natural anti-inflammatory, anti-parasitic, anti-fungal, anti-coagulant, antiviral and antibiotic which helps to boost blood circulation and it does not create bacterial/organism resistance. Similarly, onion is loaded with sulphur and is good for your gut. Likewise, ginger one of the most sattvic food has high antibacterial properties and increases blood circulation. It also helps in digestion, reduces gas and enhances the absorption of nutrients.
This probiotic is a source of trillions of good bacteria present in our body which boosts up digestion. It is also rich in calcium and makes our bone strong, and not only that it improves blood circulation also. Include this in your kid’s diet by making smoothies or sundaes and reap the benefits of yogurt.
4. Pumpkin, sweet potato, carrot and broccoli:
These wonder vegetables are highly nutritious. Pumpkins for eg. are packed with vitamin-A, and flavonoid polyphenolic antioxidants such as lutein, xanthin, and carotenes in abundance. Sweet potatoes, on the other hand, are a rich source of fiber and contain a lot of vitamins and minerals such as iron, calcium, selenium. They’re a good source to most of our vitamin B and vitamin C. One of the key nutritional benefits of sweet potato is that they’re high in an antioxidant known as beta-carotene, which converts to vitamin A once consumed.
Add a drizzle of olive oil just before serving to increase your absorption of beneficial beta-carotene. Nevertheless, broccolis contain vitamins like A, C, K, folate, calcium, iron, magnesium, potassium, zinc, manganese and selenium while carrots are brimming with natural vitamin A.Carrots are detoxifiers they also possess vitamin K, potassium, antioxidants, and fibre.
5. Non-vegetarian food:
6. Nuts and dry fruits:
These superfoods are high in antioxidants, protein, vitamin, and minerals and are known to be one of the most effective foods which improve immunity. But be very careful when you are feeding nuts or dry fruits to your toddler. It is best to be given in the powder form to prevent a choking hazard.
7. Leafy greens:
Leafy greens and legumes are basics for a healthy diet. Greens like Spinach (palak), Fenugreek (methi), Amaranth (chaulai) and Mustard Greens (Sarson) is filled with antioxidants, protein, vitamins, minerals, and fiber.
Pulses or Lentils form an integral part of any Indian kitchen and are one of the staple food. They are rich in protein and are full of polyphenols. They are a good source of iron, folic acid, and magnesium too. They are known as roughage food are excellent for digestion. They are also very good for bones.
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