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26 Jan, 2016

Flu No More - Boost That Immune System

Colds, coughs and sniffles can be a real pain in these colder months and, unfortunately, there's very little we can do once we've caught something. Thankfully with the right diet we can ensure our immune system is in tip top shape.

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Colds, coughs and sniffles can be a real pain in these colder months and, unfortunately, there's very little we can do once we've caught something. Thankfully with the right diet we can ensure our immune system is in tiptop shape, helping us to avoid the latest cold making its rounds between seemingly everyone from our mother to our hairdresser. Here’s our top five tips for boosting your immune system:

  1. Eating plenty of zinc-rich foods can help to increase disease-fighting antibodies and strengthen your immune system. Foods high in zinc include shellfish, wholegrains such as oats and brown rice, dark green leafy vegetables and nuts.
  2. It's important to get your fill of vitamin C through fresh fruit and vegetables, not a supplement packed full of artificial sweeteners.
  3. 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.
  4. Turmeric is having a bit of a moment as late, and there’s good reason for it. An 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 in tea, curries or soups and you will soon see improvements in your immune system, weight and digestion.
  5. Fresh air. While these colder mornings are not the most enticing, 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 tube? You’ll be avoiding the commuter colds too!

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Words: Ellen Tewkesbury
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