Unfortunately, there's very little we can do once we've caught a cold or the flu. However, simple additions to our diet can help ensure our immune system is in tip top shape.
Here are our top five tips for boosting your immune system:
Eating plenty of zinc-rich foods can help to increase disease-fighting antibodies and strengthen your immune system. Foods high in zinc include sesame seeds, chickpeas, cashews and shellfish.
Get your fill of vitamin C through fresh fruit and vegetables rather than a bright orange supplement packed full of artificial sweeteners. One of the best sources of vitamin C is cauliflower - a single serving provides 77% of your recommended daily intake. Also make sure to eat plenty of citrus fruits.
Ginger, ginger, ginger. Chop up a thumb sized piece of ginger and pair with the juice of half a lemon and hot water to start your day. Not only is ginger a natural pain and fever reducer, it also increases circulation helping to remove toxins and viruses from the body.
Turmeric has been having a moment in recent years and there’s good reason for it. An anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory and powerful antioxidant, this delicious spice is loaded with dietary fibre, potassium, magnesium and vitamin C, E and K. Enjoy in tea, curries or soups and you will soon reap the benefits.
It's in the preparation. Veggies such as broccoli and spinach are supercharged with vitamins and minerals - but their nutrient content can become depleted if over-cooked. Each ingredient is different, for example spinach enjoys been cooked ever so slightly to help with vitamin A absorption. Might we recommend our delicious recipe for broccoli bagels here?
Want to have delicious, healthy food delivered directly to your door? Once a week Christine Phillips, Health Coach and Wellness Chef creates a delicious healthy, nutrient dense meal pack using fresh, seasonal ingredients. Your pack is then delivered to your door following all the necessary health and safety regulations.
Yours in Health,
Health Coach and Wellness Chef
With thanks The Detox Kitchen