Boosting our immune systems during winter...

Boosting our immune systems during winter...

 

Winter does mean we should look after ourselves, there seem to be more bugs floating around making our immune systems work extra hard, but many foods do naturally boost our immune systems, so it's a good idea to include them in a a diet. 

Eat a mixture of raw and cooked food

Cooking at high heats destroys a lot of minerals and vitamins which we need, but with the cold of winter we often want comfort foods. At Raw Gorilla we believe we can have the best of both worlds, and mix hot and cold food together naturally. 

We are what we eat, so focusing on those food types which are known to boost our immune systems are always a good idea. 

 Sunflower seeds are a favourite of ours and are in many foods. They full of nutrients, which includes magnesium and phosphorus. 

They also contain Vitamin E is important in regulating and maintaining immune system function. 

Sunflower seeds are also incredibly high in selenium studies have looked at its potential to combat viral infections such as swine flu.

Tumeric the bright yellow, bitter spice has also been used for years as an anti-inflammatory .Curcumin is in Tumeric  and is believed to be an immune booster.

Green teas are packed with flavonoids, a type of antioxidant which also help the immune system. 

Green tea is also a good source of the amino acid L-theanine may aid in the production of germ-fighting compounds in your T cells.

 

Papaya is another fruit loaded with vitamin C.  Papayas also have a digestive enzyme called papain that has anti-inflammatory effects.

Vitamin C boosts the white blood cells to fight infection, and fruits are high in this vitamin. We don't store it so its a good idea to have lots of fruit .

 

Citrus Fruits: Vitamin C is important to boost the immune system ,we cannot store it so need to take it regularly. Many can find citrus fruits a little tart or sharp.But they are great as part of raw dressing over salads or other puddings. 

Red Bell Peppers: The Medical medium who has some great advice on health boosting is a great fan of Red Bell Peppers. They are loaded with vitamin C and antioxidants. 

Brocoli is supercharged with vitamins and minerals. Packed with vitamins A, C, and E, as well as fibre  broccoli is one of the healthiest vegetables you can put on your plate.

Garlic although smelly is found in almost every cuisine in the world. It adds a little zing to food and it’s a must-have for your health.

Early civilizations recognized its value in fighting infections. 

Garlic’s is said to have immune boosting properties which  seem to come from a heavy concentration of sulfur-containing compounds, such as allicin.

Ginger  is another ingredient many turn to after getting sick. Ginger may help decrease inflammation , is good in liver flushes with apple and carrot. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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