Winter Immunity Boosters
Winter Immunity Boosters
Has the sudden winter chill caught up to you? As the weather changes so does our immune system, making it important that we prepare our bodies for the dreaded aches, sniffles, and sore throat. Keeping up a strong immune system is essential in avoiding a string of colds, or worse, the flu - try these immunity boosters to help you get through winter.
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While there is no strong evidence that links particular foods to cold and flu prevention, there are a number of foods that are crucial for a fully functioning immune system. Keeping up your Vitamin C and Zinc levels are important in aiding the immune system to fight off oncoming cold and flu symptoms.
Vitamin C can help protect against immune system deficiencies and infection. To achieve optimal results, adult women need approximately 75mg of vitamin C a day. The foods richest in vitamin C are citrus fruits, green peppers, strawberries, tomatoes, broccoli, white potatoes, and sweet potatoes. Zinc helps in the development and overall functioning of the body’s infection-fighting white blood cells, making your body stronger and less prone to picking up viruses and infections. Adult women need 8-12mg of zinc a day, which can be found in lean red meat, seafood, and in smaller amounts in wholegrain bread, nuts and fortified breakfast cereals.
Add to your vitamin C and Zinc intake with these top immunity boosters this winter!
Ginger: Fresh ginger is our go-to immunity booster. It battles the symptoms of cold and flu by soothing aching muscles and aiding digestion. Add it to your cooking, eat it raw or grate it into a boiling water to make a ginger tea.
Manuka Honey: Not just your regular honey! Manuka honey possesses strong antibacterial, antiviral, anti-inflammatory and anti-fungal properties which aid in fighting the bacterial that causes colds. 1-2 teaspoons of Manuka honey will sooth your sore throat instantly.
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Garlic: Just like warding off a vampire, garlic will ward off those nasty winter colds. Garlic can decrease the frequency of the common cold up to as much as 64%, according to a study in Advances In Therapy. Add it to your food or take it in tablet form.
Green Tea: Drinking plenty of water and green tea is essential in keeping your immunity up this winter. Filled with hydrating antioxidants, green tea will keep you from getting dehydrated. Dehydration can not only make cough and flu symptoms worse, but also affect digestion. Sip on 2-3 cups of green tea a day to keep that metabolic rate up and get that skin glowing.
Spices: Cooking with a range of spices, especially chilly, will not only help decongest your nose and throat, but also act as an anti-inflammatory. Add cayenne pepper or chilies to soup, sauce or vegetables to help clear your senses and relax your muscles.