on 23rd November 2018 | Healthy lifestyle

Winter blues: immune system boosting foods

Immune system boosting food

Winter blues: immune system boosting foods

Who doesn’t love this time of year? The sun might not be around anymore, but at least the calendar is full of events like Halloween, Bonfire Night, and Christmas. It’s enough to get anyone excited, but one downside to it all is the dreaded colds, flu, and coughs.

There’s only so much you can do to prevent a cold, but making sure you eat well and include immune-boosting foods into your diet can help you increase your chances of avoiding it. Superfoods can be a fantastic part of winter. Not only do they taste good with added health benefits, but they also help to make cooking more interesting as you can utilise seasonal foods like pumpkin, brussels sprouts, and chestnuts. Just like acne, your diet can do you wonders this winter.

Eat your greens

Everyone at the gym, office, or on social media loves to preach about the goodness of green vegetables like spinach, broccoli, and kale – and there’s a reason for it. They are an essential part of any diet and a delicious addition to any meal. They’re packed full of vitamins and minerals that help to fight off illness.

Detoxing

Hot drinks are one of the best parts of winter, and they aren’t only warming but immune boosting too. You might think of ‘hipster’ when you see people posting about turmeric lattes on Instagram, but they are far more than a trend. Turmeric is a fantastic anti-inflammatory and can help your body detox. Why not add some to your coffee or hot chocolate?

If turmeric isn’t for you, why not swap it for ginger? This sweet spice is already renowned for its mouth-watering taste and its nausea-healing properties, and it’s the ultimate festive flavour. Incorporate it into your drinks, meals, and sweet treats. Gingerbread anyone?

The zest of life

When you think of winter, you might not think about typically summery citrus fruits. But not only do the zesty fruits brighten up cold, drab days, but they also offer immune-boosting properties. They also help to brighten skin. Vitamin C might have been needed once upon a time to fight off scurvy, but now it’s useful for both physical health and beauty. You don’t have to limit yourself to citrus fruits either; vitamin C can be found in vegetables like spinach and peppers.

Boosting the immune system all year round is critical, but if you want to go the extra mile during the colder months, seasonal vegetables, greens, spices, and sources of vitamin C are the way to do it. We also recommend saying no to processed foods and sugar as they don’t have the best impact on the immune system.

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