7 immunity-boosting foods for summer

- Nandita Narayanan

Increased exposure to the scorching heat can not only cause exhaustion but can also lead to viral and bacterial infections. Here are seven summer foods that will boost your immunity.

Coconut water

Coconut water is great for hydration as it is rich in electrolytes like potassium and antioxidants like vitamin C and zinc. It also has anti-inflammatory properties.


A rich source of probiotics, curd also contains B vitamins, B12, zinc, and protein, which boosts immunity and supports gut health. You can also have it as a side dish with your meals.


Mango, a popular summer fruit, is beneficial in boosting immunity and keeping pathogens at bay as they contain high levels of vitamin C, antioxidants and vitamin A.


Using ginger blended in fruit juices can help cool the body and flush out toxins. In addition, it has antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties.


Watermelons are rich in vitamins C and A, which include antioxidants, electrolytes, and anti-inflammatory properties.

Sweet potatoes

Besides being rich in antioxidants, the high water content and easy digestibility of sweet potatoes helps keep the body cool and hydrated.


Lemonade is not just good for quenching thirst — it contains antioxidants like flavonoids that help neutralize inflammation, allowing the immune system to function better.

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