We are heading into the cold & flu season, so why not boost your immune system to give yourself a head start?
The average adult comes down with around two or three colds per year and as flu is very contagious we may find that we also catch this sooner or later too. One of the tricky things about dealing with cold and flu viruses is that they do not respond to antibiotics, which destroy bacteria, so why not boost your immune system naturally to help ward off a cold or flu.
Greek Yoghurt – a helpful bacteria because it helps keep your gut healthy which will improve your immune system and susceptibility to infection.
Red Peppers – a rich source of vitamin C that aids your immune system in fighting colds and flu. The powerful effect of vitamin C comes from bioflavonoids that help your body produce white blood cells, especially the white blood cells of your lymphatic system that cleanse your cells and tissues of toxins.
Oatmeal – whole grains, like oatmeal, contain selenium, zinc, and beta-glucan to help support your immune system and fend off cold and flu infections. Add a generous dollop of yogurt — its probiotics may help keep a virus from settling into your respiratory system. At Slim & Save, we have five varieties of porridge and oatmeal one for every day of the week!
Garlic & Ginger – garlic is the miracle food for everything! The BBC reported in 2007 that garlic stimulates the activity of immune system cells that destroy cold and flu viruses. An added bonus from eating fresh garlic is that your strong breath can discourage sick people from wanting to get too close! Ginger reduces fevers, soothes sore throats, and encourages coughing to remove mucus from the chest. The chemicals shagaols and gingerols in ginger give it that spicy kick that stimulates blood circulation and opens your sinuses.
Pumpkin – high in both vitamin C and beta-carotene. These offer a boost to the immune system using a powerful combination of nutrients. Beta-carotene is converted into vitamin A. This triggers the creation of white blood cells that fight infection.
Oysters – it is well known that these are great aphrodisiacs but they are also packed with zinc which is also great for protecting the body against cold and flu, other great sources of zinc are; lean meats such as beef, chicken, and seafood.
Water – It is important to keep hydrated because if you are unwell both a fever and heavy breathing can cause you to lose extra fluids.
While these are a good first line of defence against colds and the flu, a healthy diet has been shown to boost immune function and help you get better faster, and if you’re consistently eating a varied diet and a colourful palate, it will help your body fight off any infections. You are permitted all of the above on the S&S plan so there is no excuse not to give yourself a fighting start this Autumn/Winter.
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By Joanne Jones, Customer Care Advisor