Foods to fight a cold!

Are you feeling unwell? Or looking for ways to improve immune system?

This time of year brings lots of nasty bugs and viruses which isn’t great! 

Nutrition plays a very important role in your overall health and will also improve your immune system to help fight off infection. Here are some nutrient packed foods that will boost your immune system and will set you off on the right path to recovery.

Cauliflower-Is rich in vitamins and minerals and is particularly useful when sick as it contains glutathione a powerful antioxidant that fights infection. Eat raw, or blitz into cauliflower rice, or add to casseroles and stews.

Sweet potatoes– Are packed full of vitamin A helping fight off bacteria and viruses. Vitamin A is also vital for healthy, glowing skin. Replace white potatoes for these, they make delicious rosti’s. Check out my recipe here:

Elderberry- Is a powerful antioxidant which originates from north america and is widely used to reduce cholesterol and boost the immune system. Bioflavonoids and other proteins in the juice destroy the ability of cold and flu viruses to infect a cell. Elderberry juice and pills can be purchased in most health food stores.

Garlic– Fights infections and bacteria. Add cloves or granules to your meals.

Strawberries– Have more vitamin C than an orange! Delicious on top of yogurt or porridge.

Blueberries– A powerful berry full of antioxidants. Add these to smoothies and porridge.

Ginger– Can act as an antihistamine and decongestant, helping to reduce a blocked nose. Chop some up and add to boiling water with a squeeze of honey for a warming drink.

Honey– Has multiple beneifts and tastes delicious! A traditional cold remedy of hot honey and lemon is actually scientifically proven to relieve cough and cold symptoms. Add this to porridge, hot water or drizzle over chicken before serving.

Manuka Honey- Is the queen of honey with 4 x the nutritional benefits of normal honey flowers. It is expensive but is well worth the investment. A teaspoon a day is enough to provide a huge amount of vitmains and minerals.

Start incorporating the above foods into your diet now and you will reap the rewards going forward.

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Merry Christmas xx

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