With the ongoing pandemic, we have faced a lot of challenges and done what not to boost our immunity. All media, friends, family and office emails keep suggesting different recipes regarding kadas, juices and other ways to build immunity. Now this shift of weather change is itself a challenge, as winters come with frequent virals, cold and cough. But, nature has given us seasonal winter fruits to help build our immunity!
Why Do We Lose Immunity During Winter?
There are a few reasons which contribute to compromised immunity during winter. These include:
- Inadequate sunlight which leads to Vitamin D deficiency
- Cool air which troubles our respiratory tract by narrowing blood vessels in the body
- Drop in temperature lowers the immune response
- Lack of outdoor activities also triggers the multiplication of viruses as people live in close proximity.
Nutritional Winter Fruits To Build Immunity
- Oranges: If you are an orange lover, then you might wait for winters for this particular fruit. Oranges being a citrus fruit, is not only juicy and pulpy, but is a good source of Vitamin C and calcium. It not only boosts immunity but helps in fighting cancer, improves skin and aids weight loss.
- Guava: is a crunchy, sweet and delicious fruit rich in Vitamin C. The fibre present in Guava helps in digestion and reduces constipation. Eating a guava on an empty stomach daily helps to clear bowels and aids weight loss. It fights against free radicals present in the body as well.
- Pears: This sweet light green coloured fruit which is white from the inside is not only sweet but juicy as well. It is rich in anti-inflammatory properties with the abundance of Vitamin C and E. People use pears for making jams and jellies too.
- Mosambi: Also known as sweet lime, it is a member of the citrus family like oranges. It is abundant in Vitamin C and it is advised to drink its unstrained juice to retain its fibre with no added sugar to get its maximum benefits. It helps in promoting immunity by fighting infections.
- Kiwi: is a sour and sweet fruit which has a juicy pulp inside. It is rich not only in Vitamin C but is an excellent source of potassium, Vitamin K, fibre and folate. It aids in digestion too.
We hope this article on 5 winter fruits helps you. Before you add any of these to your diet, do consult your doctor, nutritionist or dietitian. For more winter tips, check out Healthy Reads or tune in to LIVE sessions by experts on GOQii Play.
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