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Dietary Guidelines To Help Prevent Viral Infections
Jan 2019
Vani Srinivas
Clinical Nutritionist And Director, Astra Healthcare Private Limited

Winter is back again and so is the risk of contracting infections, as the moisture in the air helps in the spreading and the multiplication of viruses. As these viruses are micro in size, they cannot be completely destroyed with any kind of disinfectants. Therefore, to prevent any infections that these microorganisms can cause, it’s important to shield your body by preparing it to fight against these microorganisms. So here’s a list of a few foods that can help boost your immunity and protect you from infections.

Vitamin C Rich Foods
As we are all aware that vitamin C-rich foods help in improving immunity levels and fights against diseases, a daily dose of these foods help in preventing infections.A few of these foods are oranges, bell peppers, leafy vegetables, berries, sweet potatoes, papaya, broccoli, tomatoes, green chillies, guavas,parsley, cloves, spinach, cauliflower, gooseberry etc.

Vitamin A Rich Foods
Carotenoids, which are the antioxidants present in vitamin A foods help in improving immunity levels as well as act as natural anti-inflammatory agents, thus reventing seasonal infections and inflammatory conditions. Foods rich in vitamin A include spinach,red bell peppers, carrots, sweet potatoes, liver, salmon, cheese,butter, dried apricots, egg yolk etc.