Boost Your Christmas Immune System

Picture this – winter is coming, illnesses are breaking out and Christmas is round the corner. Your immune system is adapting to this colder weather, the shift in mentality of another year nearly being done and holiday season fast approaching. Your immune system is breaking down a little, you feel a little cold coming on, headaches, sore eyes, more tired than usual and eating habits going out the window…

How are you meant to help yourself feel your best over the winter period?

The basic elements of health would help massively; continue to exercise regularly, eat a balanced diet, avoid smoking or excessive alcohol consumption (I must sound like the Grinch, right about now…), get enough sleep, try to minimise stress and practice correct hygiene!

We’ll focus on the nutrition element of health to help with keeping a strong immune system. There are some foods that are proven to help the immune system, include them into your diet and cooking this winter:

Dark Chocolate

Contains theobromine

 

Boosts the immune system through protection the body from free radicals.

Turmeric

Contains curcumin

 

Possesses anti-inflammatory properties.

Fish

Source of omega-3

 

Reduce the risk of the immune system mistakenly attacking a healthy part of the body.

Broccoli

Vitamins A, C and E

 

Possesses antioxidants and fibre value.

Sweet Potato

Contains beta carotene

 

Possesses antioxidant properties.

Ginger

Contains gingerol

 

Helps decrease inflammation.

Garlic

Contains allicin

 

Slow down hardening of the arteries.

Green Tea

Contains flavonoids

 

Enhances immune function and a good source of amino acids.

Blueberries

Contains flavonoids

 

Possesses antioxidant properties.

Citrus Fruits

Vitamin C

 

Key to fighting infections through increased white blood cells.

Spinach

Vitamin C and A

 

Increases infection-fighting ability of immune system.

It is important to remember that all these foods are great within a balanced diet. Yes, dark chocolate possesses health benefits, but it doesn’t mean indulge in a family bar of dark chocolate every night!

Remember your RDA’s (Reccomended Daily Allowances) and your basic macro/micronutrients but of course have meals or snacks where you indulge in the foods you usually wouldn’t. On that note – PLEASE remember moderation. Combine a balanced diet, uptake of vitamins and antioxidants that your body needs, along with the other basic health elements and you’ll be feeling a million dollars (potentially minus the money element with Christmas right round the corner. We can all dream, right?)

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