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HighlightsImmunity is built with timeThere are plenty of natural foods that may help you build your immunityYou must be wary of some of your common errors tooAs much as we love the flavour of all seasons, be it the winter chills, the summer sunshine, or the rain-soaked evenings, we do dread the transition phase in between. You know the phase where you are not quite sure what should be the temperature of the AC in your room, not sure if you should take that blanket or not. It is suddenly too cold, but not quite either. Not just that, the dip in temperatures also brings along quite a few challenges for our immunity. Our body is all the more susceptible to infections and allergies during this time and that’s one of the reasons why a lot of people suffer from cold, cough and flu during this time.
While you know all that you should eat to keep the disease at bay, did you ever think about all the things you could have been doing wrong?Dr. Jyoti, Senior Dietician from Jaslok Hospital & Research Centre, lists out common diet mistakes you should avoid) for improved immunity.Boost Immunity: 10 Diet Mistakes You Must Avoid During Season Change:1. Not drinking enough waterWhile you may not feel as thirsty as you did in peak of summers, but you’d have to ensure that you drink enough water throughout the day to avoid dehydration. Dehydration can make you weak and may take a toll on your immunity. Avoid chilled water now.(Also Read: Make Ginger-Tulsi Herbal Tea For Healthy Immunity This Monsoon5231lta8Drinking sufficient water is important for your immunity too2. Not cleaning of veggies before usingOne should clean all vegetables or meat before preparing to avoid the risk of contamination.3. Not eating enough properly cooked foodNo, you need not deep-fry everything, but cooking food properly is known to kill pathogens. You can eat raw foods, but that should not constitute the majority of your diet.(Also Read: Watch: Make This Homemade Immunity Booster With Your Kitchen Spices Like Jeera, Dhania And More)6mibaefoSeveral vegetables could do wonders for immunity
 4. Not eating meals at regular intervalsSkipping meals is not a good idea during this time. It could have a severe impact on your health condition which could further weaken your immunity in the long run.5. Not having enough proteinsProtein is often called the building block of life. Turns out, this is a very important nutrient to keep our immunity intact as well.6. Not cutting back on junk foodExcess consumption of junk food could lead to obesity, which can cause different metabolic disorders. Try to avoid foods that are high in trans-fats, salt to keep up proper health.(Also Read: 5 Food Hacks To Manage Weight And Boost Immunity)mclacnhoJunk, fried foods could take a toll on immunity7. Not cutting back on sugary foodsRefined sugar is said to be one of the root cause of many health troubles. Treats like pastries, cookies, doughnuts tend to fluctuate blood glucose levels and only gives satiety for a short term. They do not provide any major nutrients you need to function, but instead, slowly start affecting your perfectly balanced immune system.8. Not adding all food groupsEating the same food day in and day out could limit your nutrition intake. Try to include all the food groups in your meals – you can do that by simply trying delicious food combinations with seasonal fruits, vegetables, nuts and fried fruits. It not only adds variety to your meals but also helps in building immunity and brings along a range of antioxidants.317gphmMaking your diet enriched with different kind of foods could help boost your nutrition intake. 9. Consuming too much saltToo much of salt can lead to high blood pressure, water retention that may lead to weakened immunity. Therefore, avoid foods that are high in salt (sodium).10. Be mindful with spicesIn small quantities, spices could do wonders for bolstering your immunity, but if you go overboard, you could be doing more harm than good.fopr4adIndian spices are loaded with medicinal properties, but you have to be mindful of the portion
Take note of these points and make sure you take good care of yourself in this confusing weather. Comments(This content including advice provides generic information only. It is in no way a substitute for qualified medical opinion. Always consult a specialist or your own doctor for more information. NDTV does not claim responsibility for this information.)

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