With the winter season well and truly upon us, and the Yuletide festivities now a long distant memory, many of our thoughts are now turning to staying healthy. How do we keep all those winter bugs at bay and stay free from coughs and colds until the green buds of spring?
By having a healthy immune system! The stronger our immune defenses, the more chance we have of fighting off winter bugs.
This means doing everything we know we’re supposed to do – eating plenty of fruits and vegetables, exercising regularly and going easy on the alcohol. But, there are extra ‘boosts’ we can give to our immune system in the form of certain nutrient-rich foods and supplements. Here’s a few of our faves…
Ever wondered what gives curry its distinctive orangey-yellowy coloring? That’ll be the turmeric, a wonder spice that not only tastes amazing but has incredible health benefits. Turmeric contains a compound called curcumin, which has natural anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. Regular consumption of turmeric can help strengthen the immune system, something our ancient ancestors knew thousands of years ago! Get creative in the kitchen and add our organic turmeric powder to your favorite recipes.
Coriolus is a type of mushroom used in Traditional Chinese Medicine to stimulate the immune system. It has potent antiviral and antibacterial properties and has been the subject of many human clinical trials in Japan since the 1960s, with very positive outcomes. The high level of beta-glucan polysaccharides in Coriolus mushrooms are responsible for it’s immune boosting effects. Take a capsule daily to reap the benefits.
Another type of mushroom, the cordyceps is another Traditional Chinese Medicine. It’s been used to improve energy and endurance since the 15th Century and has been proven in more recent scientific studies to strengthen the immune system by enhancing the activity of the white blood cells responsible for immunity. It’s also used to enhance athletic ability so if you’re a regular gym goer, try adding a daily cordyceps supplement to your routine!
Pomegranates are high in vitamin C and also contain a compound called ellagic acid, a powerful immune-boosting antioxidant. Antioxidants move around the body mopping up free radicals, which can cause chronic disease and inflammation. The more antioxidants we get into our diet the better, not just to keep winter bugs at bay, but to help protect us against heart disease, certain cancers and type 2 diabetes. If you find pomegranates hard to come by or tricky to prepare, try our convenient pomegranate capsules.
If you thought the humble orange was full of vitamin C, wait until you discover camu camu! Camu camu berries contain one of the highest amounts of vitamin C of all the foods on the planet. Vitamin C plays a vital role in immunity and camu camu berries also have antibacterial, antiviral and anti-inflammatory properties. Since they’re grown and harvested mainly in South America, we usually find camu camu in powdered form which is ideal for adding a zingy burst to smoothies and juices.
We’ve all heard the news, kale is a superfood and is packed with nutrients. But it does tend to be a love-it-or-hate-it kinda green goddess. If you love it, great! Add it to soups, stews, roast dinners and salads and enjoy all the goodness it has to offer. If you hate it, then try it in powdered form instead. It adds a vitamin, mineral and flavonoid antioxidant boost to shakes, perfect immunity support all year round.
Pick your favorite immune boosters and add them to your daily defense and you may just avoid that tissue box before the warmer weather hits!