Add These Foods to Build Resistance Against Effects of Air Pollution: Antioxidants for Vitality

Add These Foods to Build Resistance Against Effects of Air Pollution: Antioxidants for Vitality

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Foods to Build Resistance Against Effects of Air Pollution

This week the surging air pollution has forced us to wake up to dark, grey and foggy mornings. What follows is not just the dull onset of the day but a lethargic feeling throughout the day. Have you ever wondered why there is a dip in energy, liveliness, and strength? The reason is rather simple – the environmental factors contribute to it significantly. Is there a way out? Of course, there is!

We can notably improve our vitality with antioxidant enriched food.  So what are antioxidants? As the name suggests, a substance that counters the damages caused by oxygen is called an antioxidant. Enhancing your antioxidant intake can help you provide additional shield against heart problems, eye problems, immune systems problems to name a few. It is not as complex as it sounds. The good news is that we can easily fit in antioxidants in our daily diet. Let us see some easy tips that will develop a new, energized and zesty YOU!

Kick start your day with vibrancy. Punch in some color and nutrients in your breakfast with a very colorful Mixed Uttapam.
Mixed-Uttapam
Foods to Build Resistance Against Effects of Air Pollution: Mixed Uttapam Image Credits: Rajshree’s Culinary

The regular Pulao that you cook can be easily fortified by adding seasonal veggies. It will look stunning too!

Vegetable-Pulao
Foods to Build Resistance Against Effects of Air Pollution : Vegetable Pulao Image Credits : Rajshree’s Culinary
How about serving some spinach in the main course? Serve it up with some paneer chunks and you are ready with a fancy nonetheless a very healthy choice.
Palak-Paneer
Foods to Build Resistance Against Effects of Air Pollution: Palak Paneer Image Credits : Rajshree’s Culinary

Dark colored eggplants are one of the best sources of antioxidants. A tastefully done dish will attract many to savor eggplant.

Eggplant
Foods to Build Resistance Against Effects of Air Pollution: Eggplant Image Credits: Rajshree’s Culinary
Do you know our very humble pumpkin is a rich source of beta-carotene- the stuff that keeps our eyes and skin in good health? Try a side-dish of pumpkin to go with your regular meals.
Pumpkin
Foods to Build Resistance Against Effects of Air Pollution: Pumpkin Image Credits: Rajshree’s Culinary

We Indians love our chutneys, don’t we? And there is yet another reason to enjoy them more! Tomatoes are rich in a powerful antioxidant called Lycopene. Flavor your meal with some tomato chutney.

Tomato-Chutney
Foods to Build Resistance Against Effects of Air Pollution: Tomatoes Image Credits: Rajshree’s Culinary
Which meal is complete without a dessert? It’s a smart idea to serve freshly cut fruits to end a sumptuous feast. This way you get the best of nature in an unadulterated form.
Fruit-Salad
Foods to Build Resistance Against Effects of Air Pollution: Fruits Image Credits: Rajshree’s Culinary

A razzle-dazzle meal menu like the above is sure to pep you up throughout the year and maintain your good well-being.

We need smart food ideas to combat the ill-effects of pollution. In the same manner, we need to respect the environment and take care of it. It is our Mother Earth that needs our attention and affection in these times of distress.

Do spare a thought.

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