Boost Your Immune System This Winter
My Top 3 Tips!
Ok, we have been incredibly lucky with this unseasonable weather but at some point Winter is going to come and our immune system will be under attack. Coughs, sneezes, splutters and sore throats are increasing. If you have kids at school the dreaded sickness bug season is looming (she says with head in hands!). So to help you fight the dreaded lurgy, here are 3 top tips to boost your immune system!
1. Bulk Out Traditional Comfort Foods Such as Stews and Casseroles:
Vitamins A,B6, C, D and E all play a role in ensuring a healthy immune system. So do the minerals Zinc and Selenium. When it gets colder we naturally opt for more comfort foods. Think about reducing the amount of dumplings you serve and instead add wholegrains and extra vegetables into your stew. This is a great way of increasing immunity nutrient intake! (Check out my easy to make Immune Boosting Chicken Casserole recipe!)
2. Get Plenty of Rest and Sleep:
In eastern medicine it is believed that winter is a period to rest and reflect, and it’s a lesson we should all follow! Rest allows our body to revitalise and when we sleep our bodies produce a hormone called the HGH (Human Growth Hormone). HGH, amongst other things, boosts the body’s immune system. In the run up to the silly season (Christmas) rest seems to be one of the things that falls by the wayside. Try to find a few nights a week when you can be tucked up in bed early with a good book, or in front of the fire with your feet up without having to think about anything.
3. Take a Probiotic:
There is a growing body of research that suggests that “Good Gut Bacteria” play an important part ensuring your immune system is healthy. You can boost your own good gut bacteria by either taking a probiotic supplement, or by regularly consuming “live” natural yogurt. Be aware that not all natural yogurts have active bacteria within them, but you should be able to tell from the label. Alternatively you could take a Probiotic supplement instead.
Of course you may well just end up avoiding all the nasties this year , but if you do fall ill, just remember that your immune system is taking a hammering. It works miracles every day for us, and therefore it needs a little TLC every now and then. Following these tips for a few weeks after illness will get your immune system back to its fighting self!