Top tips to boost your immune system this winter.
We all know that this time of year brings coughs, colds and sneezing. So let’s not wait for it to sneak up on us resulting in a mad dash to the supermarket for the Night Nurse! We can start now, prevention is better than cure after all, to boost our immunity for winter health and wellbeing.
1. Increase fruit and vegetables!
A diet high in fresh fruits and vegetables, especially anti-oxidants, vitamin C and D is a great start to building a strong immune system. Look to include more broccoli, bell peppers and papaya where you can and look to increase the amount of raw fruits and vegetables you eat.
2. Use fresh herbs!
Fresh herbs can be used as protection against infection and are very versatile so there are many ways to include more in your diet. Garlic has antibacterial and antioxidant properties to fight free radicals in the body and parsley is a good source of vitamin C, so try including them in homemade sauces, salad dressings or soups.
3. Avoid processed foods!
Sugars, salts and additives found in processed food and drinks will not help flush out the toxins from the body. Swap soft drinks for water and homemade juices or smoothies and processed wheat products for fibre loaded whole grains such as oats or buck wheat.
4. Get sweet!
Honey in its raw form has antioxidant and antibacterial properties. Try using a high factor Manuka honey to ward off the winter cold, it’s also great to heal wounds on the skin too.
5. Stay hydrated!
Water is the most important nutrient in the human body and is a major component in every cell; it acts as a body purifier removing toxins and waste from the body. Try hot water and lemon for soothing relief and hydration when the coughing and sneezing starts.