So, anyone else freezing their knockers off? That chilly time of year isn’t just fast approaching – it’s here and it’s cold. It’s also flu season, so we thought we’d jump in and give you some tips on how to stay nourished to give your immune system a fighting chance this winter.
How many times have you been told that adding a sprinkle of turmeric or popping a knob of ginger into your soup will boost your immunity? Dash of lemon, squeeze of honey?
Research shows that there's no single food or supplement that can single-handedly shield you from viruses. A balanced diet is key to optimal immune function. But, the secret ingredient? A healthy gut. Your gut health plays the starring role in so many of your body's functions, and supporting your immune system is no exception.
Imagine your immune system is like a team of superheroes, each with their unique powers. Just like a diverse group of heroes, your gut requires a variety of nutrients to keep it robust. So, instead of fixating on individual ingredients, it’s better to focus on nourishing our bodies with a range of whole, nutrient-rich and balanced foods.
So, pack your plate with a vibrant assortment of fruits and vegetables to obtain a mix of essential vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. The wider the variety of different coloured plants you eat, the better.
Embrace whole grains, lean proteins, and healthy fats for sustained energy and vital nutrients. And don't underestimate the importance of hydration – keep your body well-oiled with water and herbal teas, and look for foods that are packed with hydrating benefits too.
By looking at your health holistically and making food choices accordingly, you’ll arm your body with all the tools it needs to fight off any of the bad stuff. And, a little tip – take that approach year-round and your immunity will be basically indestructible.