The weather looks set to change and so with Autumn well upon us it’s a good time to practice some self-care and nourish our immune systems ready for the colder months.
Here are some helpful tips and reminders to help support you through…
- Enjoy warming soups and stews using a wide variety of vegetables to provide an army of easily absorbed antioxidants and nutrients. Garlic, ginger, turmeric and fresh spices are all wonderful tasty additions that serve as a great boost for the immune system containing antiviral, antibacterial, antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.
- Prioritise foods rich in Zinc which is vital for optimum immune function. Good sources are; grass-fed lamb, pumpkin seeds, cashew nuts, mushrooms and chickpeas.
- Increase sources of Vitamin C daily. Include a variety of berries, kiwi, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cauliflower, winter squash and papaya.
- Enjoy a rainbow of colours in your fruit and vegetables, aim for 7-10 portions a day.
- Get your Vitamin D levels checked and consider supplementing as your immune system depends on good levels *if your GP won’t test then do speak with a nutritional therapist before supplementing.
- Be kind to yourself and get plenty of rest. Sleep supports healthy brain function which makes you more alert and focused during the day and it boosts your immune system.
If you often struggle with coughs, colds and are worried about your resilience this winter then consider investing in a one to one consultation for some personalised and targeted nutritional advice.