How to give your body a fighting chance!
By Aimee Buchanan - Clinical Nutritionist
Prevention is always better than cure, so follow my simple dietary and lifestyle tips for building healthy immunity.
A strong, healthy immune system is able to keep us well, even when those around us are coughing, sneezing and getting sick. There are many factors that may contribute to the weakening of your immune system including stress, poor sleep, poor food choices and lack of exercise.
During winter the most common virus is the rhinovirus, viruses cause both the common cold and flu. What many people may not realise is that antibiotics target only bacteria and are not able to kill the viruses responsible for colds and flu.
Zinc is crucial for immune function as a zinc deficiency may cause a weakened immune response, predisposing you to a longer more severe cold. This wonder-mineral is found in every one of your cells and it’s critical for healthy cell development and function. Zinc interacts with thousands of proteins in your body and is involved in around 300 different enzyme processes.
Zinc and vitamin C are nutrients essential to good health. They are great at boosting immunity and strengthening the healing process.
By making some simple dietary and lifestyle changes to keep you healthy and reduce the risk of colds and flus:
By including the foods listed below you are giving your body the best chance at making it through the winter without catching the cold or flu:
Lemons are high in vitamin C and are a natural antioxidant, which enhances the immune system. They also have antiviral and antibacterial properties.
Ginger is antibacterial so it helps support the immune system and it can help to prevent nausea and soothe an upset stomach.
Pineapple contains an enzyme called Bromelain, which aids the digestion of protein and allows your body to utilize immune boosting amino acids effectively. Pineapple is also well known for its anti- inflammatory properties, which can help heal sore throats.
Honey is also added for its antibiotic, antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory and antiseptic properties, which helps the body to fight infection and prevent the growth of bad bacteria.