As we approach winter, it's increasingly important to look after the immune system to help keep those colds at bay! There are many immune boosting properties naturally present in lots of foods. Have a read and remember to incorporate these into your diet throughout the season.
Red Bell Peppers
Red bell peppers contain twice as much vitamin C as citrus fruits. Besides boosting your immune system, vitamin C helps maintain healthy skin. They are also a good source of beta carotene which helps keep your skin and eyes healthy.
Broccoli is one of the healthiest vegetables bursting with vitamins and minerals! It is packed with fibre, vitamins A, C and E and builds up your immune defences in the most vital area of your body – your gut!
Garlic is a must have for your health! Allicin is one of the immune stimulating nutrients in garlic that is released when you cut, chop or crush the cloves. Garlic stimulates the activity of immune system cells that destroy cold and flu viruses. It may also help lower blood pressure and slow down hardening of your arteries.
Ginger is an ingredient that many people turn to after getting sick. It is antibacterial so it helps support the immune system and it can help to prevent nausea and soothe an upset stomach. Ginger helps to decrease inflammation which can help reduce a sore throat!
Sweet potatoes contain beta-carotene that is converted into vitamin A once ingested. Vitamin A helps maintain healthy skin. Healthy skin is one of the first defences to help protect against viruses and bacteria.
Pumpkin puree contains heathy doses of vitamin A, soluble fiber, folate, manganese and riboflavin. Folate deficiency has been linked to a weaker immune system however, just one cup of pumpkin puree contains almost a third of your daily folate requirement!