Coughs, colds and sniffles are around every corner this time of year, so be sure to mind yourselves! Due to the drop in temperatures and change in seasons it’s hard to avoid getting a bit run down and there’s not much you can do once you’ve caught it. One way to battle the latest dose doing the rounds in the home or office is to ensure you’re eating the right foods and have a diet that keeps your immune system in top condition. Here’s some of our top tips for boosting you immune system:
1. Vitamin C is essential for your body. While it’s not the cure for the common cold it’s benefits include boosting the immune system, healing of wounds, controlling the symptoms of asthma and much more. Most people tend to pick up Vit C boosters to add to a drink each day but it’s important to get your daily dose from fresh fruit and vegetables, not a supplement packed full of artificial sweeteners. Try our Californian salad which is packed with avocado, blueberries, apple, quinoa, broccoli, coriander and baby kale!
2. Eat plenty of zinc-rich foods which will increase disease-fighting antibodies and strengthen your immune system. Foods high in zinc include dark green leafy vegetables, wholegrains such as oats and brown rice, and nuts. For a high dose of leafy greens give the Summer Garden Salad a go. Fresh peas, broad beans, sprouts, courgettes, kale, spinach and mixed leaves, topped with halloumi, parmesan, and mushroom arancini!
3. For a completely natural pain and fever reducer look no further than ginger! Add some chopped ginger to fresh lemon juice and hot water each morning, or pick up a freshly pressed juice such as the Supergreen or Mother Nature by Sprout & Co. The ginger will increases circulation helping to remove toxins and viruses from the body which is helpful when you have a cold or flu.
4. Include some spice in your diet. Turmeric is an amazing anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory and powerful antioxidant, this delicious spice is loaded with protein, dietary fibre, potassium, magnesium and vitamin C, E and K. Enjoy spices in teas, curries or one of our delicious broths to see improvements to your immune system, weight and digestion.
5. A grand bit of exercise and fresh air. It may not be the easiest and most enticing thing to do when the mornings and evenings get darker and colder but getting some exercise and fresh air can do you the world of good. Why not try cycling to work one day a week instead of getting the bus or Luas? You’ll also be avoiding the commuter colds too!