BENGALURU: The weather seems to be fluctuating by the day and this can cause illnesses and weakness. It brings a host of health problems like indigestion, food poisoning and other infections. Eating what is in the season is an easy way to beat the illness.
The diet should be changed according to the season, and hydration is an important factor for keeping people of all ages healthy. Foods that boost immunity and reduce cold has to be included in the diet. Diet with cereals like bajra, wheat, millets, lentils and soybean which contain all the vitamins help increase immunity and prevent illnesses.
Though many don’t realise, foods that are eaten during winter don't necessarily have to be in the summer diet. In fact, eating seasonal fruits and grains, and adjusting one's eating habits to the season can make people healthier. Getting the right vitamins, minerals and nutrition is important.
Dr Priyanka Rohatgi, Chief Consultant Nutritionist, Apollo Hospitals, said, “As seasons change, your body changes too. During summer, vitamin D intake is higher naturally, while in winter it is less and one needs to get vitamin support through supplements. The more people learn about the changing dietary needs between seasons, more they can make sure of getting the right energy into their system."
Research has proved that natural foods are nutritionally richest when they are picked and eaten during their season.
Cooked, boiled and warm food with protein in the form of soups and stews with added jeera, black pepper, ginger and garlic has to be followed by all to stay healthy. For a person, about 12-20% of daily calories should come from proteins. When the intake of vitamins A, D, E and K is more, it leads to hypervitaminosis which invites serious health hazards.
Dr Karthigai Selvi, Chief Dietician, BGS Gleneagles Global Hospitals, said, "During this season, viral infections are common because of constant change in weather. Vitamin C is a versatile nutrient that works to support our immune system, circulatory problems and skin conditions like eczema. It reduces inflammation and boosts production of collagen. The same way, zinc, vitamin D, protein, vitamin B12, Omega 3 fatty acids, vitamin E and chromium help you stay healthy this season. Try to include cereals, pulses, crabs, oysters, pumpkin seeds, nuts, citrus fruits, egg, ginger, garlic, mushroom and mint in cooked form."