This monsoon, load up on fruits to stay healthy, happy and bright

NEW DELHI: Monsoon is here! Whether you’re dancing with joy or sulking at home to avoid the rains, it’s that time of the year when a plate full of hot samosas and bhajjiyas is all you crave.

Along with innumerable smiles, rains have always brought loads of diseases like blocked nose, skin allergies and water-borne infections. Moreover, our digestive system takes quite a beating during this season because of the high humidity levels.

Following a healthy lifestyle has always proved beneficial in preventing as well as combating ailments and diseases and so, food scientist Shefali Bhardwaj, Chief Operations Officer at IG International Pvt. Ltd., listed down some fruits that offer protection against season-specific ailments.

Speaking on the same, Bhardwaj told ANI, “Monsoon is definitely one of the beautiful seasons, the delightful season that everyone eagerly awaits for, also brings apprehensions unique to its own. The pouring weather is known to increase humidity in the atmosphere besides raising water clogging issues, both of which become the breeding ground for germs and insects.”

“This makes it crucial for the body to strengthen its immune system during monsoon and fight diseases and infections with appropriate intake of essential vitamins and antioxidants – all of that, naturally,” she added.

1. Apples: Having a few slices of apples a day will keep away most of the illnesses that one could possibly get, even during the monsoon season. Apple has soluble fibres, mainly found in oats and nuts, that contribute to strengthening the immune system and reducing the inflammation associated with obesity-related diseases.

This happens because soluble fibre causes increased production of an anti-inflammatory protein called interleukin-4. Being rich in many nutrients, apples can strengthen the immune system and keep one free from infections.

Apples have a flavonoid called quercetin, which is proven to significantly improve the immunity of body against infections. …

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