The cold weather has officially settled in but that doesn’t mean you need to indulge in high-calorie comfort foods and skip your exercise!
Our immune system takes a beating over winter with the cooler weather making us more susceptible to colds and flu. There are some easy ways to boost your immunity and stay healthy over the winter, here are some great tips for you:
Alkalise – Our immune system is strongest in an alkaline environment. Bacteria and viruses love an acidic environment, but cannot survive in a healthy alkaline state. Add more dark leafy greens such as kale, silverbeet and spinach to your diet which will not only boost your alkalinity they will provide a balance of vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients which will enhance the body’s immune system.
Get Plenty of Rest and Relaxation – Stress and tiredness weaken our immune system and we get ill much easier when we are run down. Our body naturally restores and recuperates during rest and sleep. Allow your body to recover and fight illness by getting 7-9 hours of sleep each night. Yoga and meditation are great ways to relax.
Avoid Bad Habits – Convenience and pre-packaged foods, caffeine, alcohol and smoking are all harmful to the immune system. Cutting back on these and replacing them with whole foods, herbal teas and fresh juices and smoothies are a great way to support your body and get rid of cravings.
Work up a Sweat – Exercise is a great way to warm up your body and keep you fit. By working up a sweat the body has an opportunity to release stored toxins through the skin, the body’s largest organ.
Drink Plenty of Water- Keep yourself well hydrated by drinking at least 2 liters of good quality water per day. This will help your body flush wastes and dilute mucous, helping eliminate bacteria and viruses which make us ill.
Strengthen your Immune System with these Foods – Don’t wait till you get a cold try to include the following foods into your diet to strengthen your immunity naturally:
Garlic – Has anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, and anti-viral action for protecting against infections.
Seaweeds- touted as superfoods because they offer extraordinary health-promoting compounds not found in any other land vegetables. They have anti-cancer properties and help boost the immune system. We have a few varieties you can experiment with dulse great in salads available in leaf or flake form, wakame great in a miso soup or salad, and sea spaghetti and kelp noodles make wonderful healthy alternatives to pasta.
Shitake Mushrooms- Used for thousands of years in Asia for their phenomenal healing properties. They contain lentinan an immune strengthener that stimulates the system to clear cancerous cells.
Vitamin C- Exceptional sources are of course citrus and broccoli, but even higher levels are found in Goji Berries, camu camu and even chia seeds!
Miso- A rich source of protein, fiber and B vitamins for energy production and nervous system health. Unpasteurized organic miso contains active lactobacillus, which aids digestion and strengthens immunity.
Vitamin D- Australia is well known for its abundance of sunshine. Surprisingly Vitamin D deficiency affects a large proportion of Australians today. Vitamin D promotes the growth and development of bones and teeth. It is also heralded as having anti-cancer effects and boosting immunity. Sunlight is the easiest way to obtain this vitamin however quite often we don’t absorb it or we don’t actually get out enough to see the sunshine. Try our incredible Raw Vitamin D3 to ensure you are getting the right amount this winter.