-Vikas Nahar, Founder, Happilo International Pvt. Ltd.
From fighting against illness and infection to protecting our bodies from foreign contaminants, our immune systems are arguably the most important defense mechanisms our bodies possess. However, more often than not, poor lifestyle and dietary choices make it so that the immune system is greatly weakened, and hence unable to protect us as is necessary.
Our immune systems are only as strong as we are, which is why it is so important to consistently make good choices when it comes to our health – eating well, getting exercise daily, and keeping stress levels in check all go a long way in bolstering our overall health.
Today, with individuals around the globe struggling since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, immunity is the most imperative idealistic structure in our foresight. The pandemic has made us re-think daily choices, while the world has flipped to a 180-degree angle. The concept of human life and ways of living, on the whole, have been altered drastically, with ‘no human contact’ being the slogan on every being’s lips. To help strengthen our immunity, and all-in-all daily lifestyle choices, the best way is the natural Happilo Way! Dry fruits, nuts, berries are known to be great for someone’s health, however, some are also immunity boosters!
To share an overview of 5 essential dry fruits to include in daily dietary habits, and the necessary ‘why’ of the same, here are a few essential powerhouses –
- Almonds (Protein, Fibre, Vitamin E)
- Cashews (Vitamins E & B6)
- Raisins (Iron, Potassium & Vitamin B6)
- Walnuts (Omega 3, Monosaturated & Polyunsaturated Fats)
- Dates (Vitamin A, B Complex & Thiamine)
Aside from avoiding the usual suspects such as alcohol, saturated fats, and processed sugars among others, it is equally important to actively seek out and consume foods that are known for their properties which boost the immune system. Among the large variety available, dry fruits are always a top contender as they are the least likely to be adulterated, while also being the best supplier of antioxidants and fibers necessary for optimum health and functioning.
Additionally, dried fruits and nuts are great snacking options and make wonderful additions to meals – right from breakfast porridges to light and fresh salads. Almonds, walnuts, and pistachios are great additions to smoothies, pulaos, and even desserts, while dates make the perfect post-workout snack when you require a quick sugar rush.
Now while incorporating these nutrient powerhouses into your diet may bolster your immune system, you are sure to take note of a variety of other positive changes in your overall health and wellbeing, as well as have great skin and hair days one after the other!