There has been an alarming rise in cases of the H3N2 virus in the country.
If you're down with influenza fever, focus on boosting your immunity with various antioxidants and including foods rich in omega-3s and omega-6s in your diet.
Foods rich in antioxidants such as fresh fruits and vegetables should be included in the diet. Berries, kiwi and citrus fruits that contain vitamin C, vitamin E, zinc, vitamin A and selenium can be consumed.
"Don't forget that you need energy while recovering from the infection. For that, have whole grains to fight against the virus," as per the expert.
Whole grains include millet, quinoa, brown rice, red rice, oatmeal and popcorn. Besides this, Komal Malik said to have pulses as well as they help in quick recovery.
SAY NO TO PROCESSED FOODS
Processed foods should be avoided as they lower the functioning of the immune system. "Freshly cooked meals rather than processed foods should be consumed. Avoid alcohol and smoking. Avoid carbonated and aerated drinks. Foods rich in trans fats, like deep-fried stuff, should also be avoided at all costs," said Komal Malik.
Have plenty of fluids while recovering from any infection by drinking water, coconut water, lemon water and some herbal teas.
YOGHURT AND FRUIT-BASED DRINKS
"Make fruit-based drinks and add chia or pumpkin seeds to them. Yoghurt-based smoothies with nuts and seeds should also be consumed as they increase the nutritional value of your diet," said the dietitian.
LIGHTLY COOKED SALADS
Don't have raw salads. "Saute your vegetables lightly and add some garlic to the mix. Minimum cooking we is required when you have to just prepare a semi-cooked salad," she said.
Source: India Today