Autumn is my favourite month, not because I was born on the onset of the season but there is just something comforting about wrapping up warm and snug outside and inside. My ideal evening in the colder months would consist of me relaxing in some fluffy pjs, on the sofa with the little ones while we sip on some warm herbal tea or hot chocolate watching a film. Bliss right?
The rubbish thing about the colder weather is that colds and influenza get passed around like a game of pass the parcel. There are a few things you can do to help keep the germs at bay.
These foods are great addition to your diet during the cold & flu season, because they are high immunity-boosting nutrients, or anti-viral and anti-bacterial properties:
§ Probiotics (cultured and fermented foods such as yogurt, kefir, kimchi, sauerkrauts and natto) – help boost immunity, and have been found to aid treatment of recurring bladder infection, sinusitis and tonsillitis
§ Sufficient protein, which is needed for growth and repair. However, excessive protein will use up vitamin B6, a nutrient needed for healthy immune system.
§ Essential fats – e.g. from cold-pressed seed oil and cold water fish
§ Fresh fruits and vegetables, especially carrots, beets, sweet potatoes, tomatoes – they are rich in beta-carotene, a precursor of vitamin A
§ Ground seeds, lentils, beans and whole grains – good source of B vitamins and protein
§ Fish – good source of protein and omega-3 fatty acids
§ Mushrooms (maitake, reishi, shiitake) – elevates flu-fighting agents
Lastly, I would definitely recommend our elderberry syrup, a small daily dose for maintaining a healthy system, why? Because elderberries are naturally high in vitamin C, vitamin A, vitamin B6, iron and potassium.
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