Boost Immune System, we are not talking about superfoods but simple changes to make to life to banish the flu. These 5 Health & Nutritional tips for winter are simple and can help keep you feeling strong and healthy this winter.
Boost Immune System
Here are some great ways to boost immune systems
Vitamin D – The Sunshine Vitamin
There’s a reason vitamin D is called the ‘sunshine vitamin’ we naturally produce vitamin D under our skin but we need the suns rays to start producing it. Long winter months, in reality, leaving many of us in the UK are vitamin D deficient.
Vitamin D plays an important role in keeping our immune system functioning properly
Low vitamin D has been linked with mood conditions such as depression and seasonal affective disorder (SAD).
There are a small number of foods that provide vitamin D and in a plantbased vegan diet, those are even more limited. Mushrooms and some fortified cereals, so a supplement is worth considering (or a holiday on a beach in the sunshine. It’s for your health, remember.)
Garlic – Natures Antibiotic
Garlic is a natural antibiotic with antiviral, antibacterial and antifungal properties, making it an all over immune booster and defender against winter bugs.
Garlic is nature’s medicine cabinet so add it to everything. Remember to crush it to release the active ingredient allicin.
Ginger – Boosting Immune System
Fresh root ginger has a long list of health benefits and has long been used as a natural treatment for colds and flu. Been shown to have potent antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties so great for boosting the immune system, and since its the cold and flu season its great thing to include in food or drink.
Its active component gingerol helps bolster your health and its warming effect can act as an antiviral for treatment.
Ginger Tea is diaphoretic, meaning that it can warm you from the inside. Create your own tea with a thumb-sized piece of root ginger with a slice of vitamin C packed lemon steeped in hot water to prevent winter illness.
Probiotic Tummy friendly bacteria
The health of your digestive system is important as a large percentage of your immune system is based within our gut.
Strengthen your defences by boosting levels of ‘friendly bacteria’ in the digestive tract. Remember to support these friendly bacteria through fermented food like sauerkraut, miso, tempeh or a probiotic supplement.
Exercise Immune Booster
Exercise really is one of the best immune boosters linked to a temporary boost in bacteria-fighting immune cells.
Long term exercise is linked to immune system benefits. But be careful to not overdo it as strenuous exercise an actually decrease immunity.