Oranges, lemon, grapes! It is this time of the year in winter, when we get to eat all of these things filled with a sour and sweet touch. People are suffering from rising recurrent cold and cough, immunity is at stake and we are also exposed to the pollutants in the environment. But what is this season of citrus bringing you healthwise?
Whether it is Delhi smog or fighting the strong cold in the hills or continuous change of weather in Mumbai, citrus fruits help you in dealing with cough, cold and most importantly, the change of weather hazards.
Free radical action in the chemistry of the body
The body is a mixture of a lot of chemical reaction happening at once. One of the most important reactions is a free radical and antioxidants reaction. The body goes under oxidative stress when free radical increases and ageing is observed To prevent oxidation, antioxidants are needed. Citrus fruits are loaded with antioxidants and help in scavenging free radicals.
Benefits of Citrus:
1. Glowing Skin
Skin ageing hides your natural beauty. You need your skin to become all toned up and glow, right? Citrus is your answer. With high vitamin C, the action of free radical is tackled easily, thus preventing skin ageing. At the same time, it helps in fighting bacteria which reduces acne. Free radical and antioxidants are needed in sync for a good physiological function.
The orange face pack is popular for its anti-tan effects. Orange powder if used daily makes your skin brighter and glowing. Grind orange peel by first drying in the sun and use the powder as your body scrub.
2. Respirate fully
Vitamin C helps in developing resistance of the respiratory tract by improving immunity. It helps in improving pulmonary function and fights infection. It helps in both innate and adaptive immunity.
Phagocytosis which means the invasion of foreign body - is eaten by phagocytes to increase the immunity of our body. This reaction is improved with the help of vitamin C intake. A healthy immune system calls for vitamin C in your body. This season is right to include a bowl of citric fruits in your diet.
3. Keep GUT Clean
The important thing in gut health is inflammation. Due to continuous exposure to oily, junk, nicotine filled substances, inflammation happens continuously. Vitamin C helps in combating inflammation.
Due to antioxidants, the risk of heart diseases decreases. The same free radical chemistry applies here. The main thing here is the action of flavonoids and antioxidants protecting the heart from the damage. The effect of Arteriosclerosis, a disease that causes long-term repercussions, can be reduced with the intake of anti-oxidants.
5. Muscle wellness
Muscle wellness can be simply defined with the help of boost in the production of collagen which helps in forming connective tissue. Sore muscles can be really painful and at the same time, reduce our working efficiency with each passing day.
This connective tissue helps in reducing muscle soreness. It helps in repairing skin tissue as well as blood vessels. It helps in the absorption of iron in the body. For example, whenever you have your dal, squeeze in some lemon. The abundance of iron in dal will get absorbed with the help of vitamin C.
Indian citric fruits in season
It is always advisable to eat local food, as our system has evolved in a manner that it can absorb all the nutrients properly with the help of locally grown produce.
The citric fruits which will be available this season are oranges, lemons, mosumbi, grapes, Indian gooseberries and tomatoes.
If you have teeth sensitivity and want to eat a diet rich in Vitamin C, then you can choose potatoes, capsicum, broccoli or sprouts.
(About Dr Khushbu Suthar: I am a Homeopathic Practitioner with specialisation in Diet Planning and Nutrition from Mumbai. I am holding a degree in Clinical Hypnotherapy, and by amalgamating these three, my aim in life is to research on mind, Body and Soul. Flamboyant colours of vegetables and vivid Psychology of Human mind is what enchants me. An avid explorer of healing now practising in Bikaner is learning to get the best of both Beaches and dunes. )
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