We’ve sprung forward a bit earlier than usual this year and, while the weather outside is still chilly, soon it will transition to warmer temperatures, lush green trees and…a whole lot of pollen. Albeit a beautiful sight, for many, spring is a season that is associated with sneezing, runny noses and itchy eyes.
There are quite a few over-the-counter allergy medications but, here at Miski, we believe natural is always better. We recommend incorporating Vitamin C, Vitamin D, Magnesium and Omega-3 Fatty Acids into your diet to help boost your immunity and combat seasonal allergy symptoms.
- Red Bell Pepper: Red Bell Pepper is probably the last thing that comes to mind when you think of Vitamin C. But, this easily available vegetable contains nearly 3 times the Vitamin C of Florida oranges. It is also versatile and can be easily incorporated into most dishes. Red Bell Pepper is rich in beta-carotene, which is known to boost your immune system and help prevent allergies and sickness. In addition, since beta-carotene converts into Vitamin A (retinol), it is extremely good for a healthy vision and skin.
- Camu Camu Powder: Camu Camu is an exotic tropical fruit native to the Amazon region in Peru and Brazil and is becoming increasingly popular across the world for its numerous health benefits. It’s Vitamin C content is especially impressive, with forty times more Vitamin C per single serving than an orange. It’s a phenomenal immunity booster, which makes it a perfect addition to your diet around this time of year, and it’s also rich in antioxidants, which protect your cells against heart diseases and cancer.
- Garlic: Garlic is possibly the world’s favourite vegetable, as it’s present in almost every cuisine and makes everything taste a little bit better. However, most people don’t know that it’s also filled with rich nutrients that reduce blood pressure and improve immunity.
- Turmeric: Turmeric is a plant of Asian origin, but it also grows in the tropical rainforest and the Amazon flatlands. It’s been used for thousands of years and has been highly praised for the many health benefits that are derived from its most active compound, curcumin. This compound has been known to reduce inflammation-driven diseases and helps reduce irritation, allergies, swelling and flu symptoms. Did we mention it goes great with black pepper?
- Quinoa: Quinoa isn’t praised as superfood across the world for no reason. It is rich in plant-based protein and contains all 9 essential amino acids that our body needs for healthy functioning. One of the 9 amino acids called Lysine is found in a lot of athletic supplements such as BCAAs and wheys for adding lean muscle and is also said to strengthen the immune system. Add some to your salad, smoothie or eat cooked with some veggies. Read more about quinoa here.
- Spinach: Spinach is a miracle food packed with lots of nutrition and immunity-boosting properties. A 100 g serving of spinach contains 28.1 mg of Vitamin C, which is 34% of a person’s daily recommended intake. Spinach is also rich in antioxidants, beta-carotene and potassium, which boosts our immune systems. Spinach, like many other vegetables, is best when cooked as little as possible so its nutrients are retained. Add it to your smoothie or prepare it any other way you prefer, but this is a must-add to your diet.
- Nuts: Nuts are packed with immune-boosting nutrients that help prevent you from seasonal allergies and sickness. They also help regulate blood sugar and prevent chronic diseases. Nuts are rich in Omega-3 fatty acids, which keeps you full for longer, preventing unnecessary snacking and therefore, weight gain. Including them in your diet on a regular basis by making a trail mix of almonds, cashews, pistachios, walnuts, macadamia and any other nuts you prefer.
Keep in mind, while all these foods will give your immune system a much-needed boost, you should always ensure you get adequate exercise and practice healthy hygiene.
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