Although there are so many types and varieties of food in the world, they aren’t just there to fill up our tummies. Food can directly affect our physical and mental health. That’s why we are always advised to eat healthy. Foods help our growth, boost our energy levels and of course, certain foods can help us stay immune to various types of illnesses. Since we believe that what is natural is always better, here are some foods that you might want to add to your daily diet in order to save your money, time, energy and number of trips to the doctor.
When it comes to citrus fruits, you have a variety of fruits to choose from, including lemon, lime, oranges, tangerine, strawberries and so much more. Vitamin C, also known as Ascorbic acid is what’s in these fruits that help you fight against a cold and other minor common illnesses. Vitamin C is a water-soluble vitamin and the daily amount that is recommended for adults is 65-90mg. Taking more than the recommended amount is highly unlikely to be harmful but sometimes headaches, vomiting, abdominal pains, nausea or diarrhea could be seen among some after taking mega doses.
Ginger is an everyday ingredient in many Asian kitchens. Not only it adds a spicy flavor to your food, but also helps strengthen your immunity system with its anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. It can be used as a home remedy against cold, stomachaches, nausea, and vomiting. Apart from that, it is beneficial for lowering cholesterol levels, regulating blood sugar levels, and easing the digestive process. Some researchers even suggest that ginger can fight against cancer. However, adding some chopped ginger to your everyday meal or hot tea would do nothing other than being beneficial to your body.
Garlic is another common spice that adds a strong flavour to your food. It’s rich in so many vitamins and minerals such as iron, calcium, magnesium, manganese, sodium, folate, phosphorus, vitamin B1,B2, B3 and B6. But “allin” which turns into “allicin” when chopped or chewed is what makes it an amazing immunity booster. It’s best to eat garlic raw because then allicin is directly absorbed into the body while it’s still in the mouth. Cooking them for longer periods and getting in touch with acids in your stomach makes this magical compound lose its medicinal value. Therefore try to chew a raw clove or two or add them to raw salads as much as possible. If you don’t like the taste of raw garlic try to add them to your curries as the last ingredient so that they remain almost raw.
While most European countries use coriander leaves in their food, Asian countries like Sri Lanka use coriander seeds. However, since coriander possesses antifungal, antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties, it’s used as a medicine over thousands of years to fight infections, lower increased blood sugar levels and to promote digestion. You can use coriander leaves in salads, dried coriander seed powder in foods or drink boiled coriander seed water to experience its benefits.
Turmeric, which is added in food for it’s flavour and nice vibrant yellow colour, also has antibacterial and anti-inflammatory agents. It is also said that turmeric improves memory and can fight cancer. Turmeric powder is also used to kill germs and as a beauty ingredient too. But Curcumin is the ingredient that has healing powers in turmeric. Since its there in small amounts, it’s okay to add turmeric powder frequently in your food.
Not only it’s loaded with iron, it also has many other nutrients that help strengthen our immunity system. Spinach is rich in vitamin A,C, K, beta carotine, chlorophyll and magnesium. These ingredients boost immunity, give you strong and healthy bones, teeth and hair, improve eye sight and digestion and treat acne. In order to get the maximum benefits of spinach, cook them as little as possible or eat raw.
Honey is famous for its distinct taste and medicinal value. Its antioxidant and anti-bacterial properties can neutralize free radicals in our body while increasing the production of white blood cells. Try to use unpasteurised pure honey in your daily tea, breakfast, desserts or smoothies