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.