How are you feeling after Christmas and New Year’s feasts? This is actually the time when most of us are getting ill, being run down by cold and runny noses as our immune system is at its weakest. So in this episode I am sharing 3 tips on how to boost your immune system.
Tip No 1 - Eat fresh fruit and vegetables
Now more than ever it is very important to increase your consumption of fresh fruit and vegetables as well as pulses such as lentils, peas and beans. These provide you a wide range of essential antioxidants and nutrients that your body needs to strengthen your immune system. The immune system also depends on high-quality proteins and healthy fats which you can find in avocados, extra virgin olive oil, oily fish.
It’s also important to reduce your intake of all types of sugars because even one serving of sugar can significantly lower immune defenses for a few hours.
Tip No 2 - Drink and eat herbs and spices
Drinking herbs and spices is really important for a healthy function of your body. Including ingredients such as ginger, garlic, turmeric, cinnamon, oregano, parsley, peppermint will help you fight the viruses of the cold season.
Tip No 3 - Eat plain yogurt and naturally fermented foods
The latest research published in the Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport found that New Zealand athletes had about 40% fewer colds and gastrointestinal infections when they took a probiotic compared to when they took a placebo. Plain yogurt, sauerkraut, kombucha, kefir, naturally fermented vegetables help with gut’s natural flora, improving gut bacteria and general health, enhance digestion and boost immune system.
And don’t forget to exercise regularly, sleep well and practice stress management such as meditation and yoga as these will also aid in your effort of strengthening your immune system.
To summarise, eat fresh fruit and vegetables, avoid sugar, drink and eat herbs and spices, eat plain yogurt and naturally fermented foods, exercise, sleep well and practice stress management in order to boost your immune system.
I hope this serves you. Thank you for making me a part of your day today.
I am always grateful for you,