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Soluble vs. Insoluble Fibre
Soluble fibre found in oats, apples, carrots, and lentils like rajma and channa helps to slow down digestion and also has beneficial effects on sugar levels and bad cholesterol. There is now some evidence to show that soluble fibre can change the behaviour of immune cells and make them pro-healing rather than pro-inflammatory; this can help us to recover faster from infections and can also strengthen the immunity system.
Insoluble fibre adds bulk to the food we eat, and is mainly found in whole grains and vegetables.
Did you know?
The ‘hygiene hypothesis’ blames the increase in asthma, allergies and autoimmune disorders to the constant use of hand sanitisers and excessive cleanliness!
Immunity cannot be built overnight — it needs constant work. While it is admittedly difficult, do try and explain to your children the long-term benefits of adhering to a healthy diet and lifestyle. Older children can be made to understand the consequences of school absenteeism and poor performance, as well as missing opportunities to be with friends, so that they take their health more seriously. Finally, being a role model at home can help children understand the importance of eating well and staying healthy.