IMMUNE BOOSTING FOODS TO GET YOU THROUGH THE WINTER!!

It’s cold….and it’s only going to get colder. If like us you had the heating on, fire on and 5 hot water bottles on rotation last year AND still got sick, then you’re going to need some extra help this year! 

 

One of the great things about eating healthily is it helps to support your immune system. That means many of the foods you may already be eating can help reduce the risk of becoming sick with a cold. 

 

Here’s our suggestions for keeping that immune system ticking over!

 

GINGER

A strong antioxidant, ginger also has antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties. It can help to stimulate circulation, which means more oxygen to body tissue, helping to move toxins out and keeping you sick free!! 

Ginger can also help with stomach sickness so try adding it to a cup of tea and slowly sipping it.

You can make your own ginger tea by boiling some ginger root in water on the stovetop. After 10-15 minutes, drain the liquid through a sieve and stir in a little honey for a touch of sweetness.

Can’t be bothered with that hassle? We’ve four shakes with ginger to get you through winter, Fearon, Super Green, Bugs Bunny and Kale Cleanser!! All under our DETOX section on our drinks menu or grab our chicken noodle bowl which includes ginger!!

 

GARLIC

Allicin, a phytonutrient found in garlic, can help to fight bacteria and infection in the body. Garlic gives your body’s immune cells a boost, which can help to fight off common colds. Even if you’ve already been hit with a cold, garlic can help reduce the severity of the symptoms, and lead to a quicker recovery. 

Why not try our Chicken satay sizzler for that garlic boost next time you’re in with us!!

 

CITRUS

Oranges, mandarins, grapefruit, limes or lemons are all high in vitamin C. Adding these into your diet more frequently can help your body fight off bacterial infections or viruses. 

When you are stressed, the hormones released by your body can drain away vitamin C. Giving your immune system a boost can help avoid catching a cold when that all important Christmas night out is coming up!! Whether you snack on oranges or use a supplement like Berocca, there are so many ways to include Vitamin C in your diet and here’s how we can help with our drinks menu, Try out our Vitamin Twist next time you’re in – packed full of Vitamin C from Berocca and oranges and one of our most popular drinks – so a tasty way to do it!! 

 

RED PEPPERS

You thought it was all oranges before you read this blog didn’t you? It’s ok… that’s everyones first call! But what if you’re not a fan of citrus fruits….We present the red pepper. Ounce for ounce, red bell peppers contain twice as much vitamin C as citrus. They’re also a rich source of beta carotene. Besides boosting your immune system, vitamin C may help maintain healthy skin. 

 

Again our chicken satay sizzler is going to get you through winter in more ways than one!!

 

So there you have it, 4 immune boosting foods to add to your diet this winter, as always wrap up warm and seek medical advice if necessary.