Now the kids are back at school, you may find a few bugs creeping back to your house at home time with them… so it could be time to think about boosting your immune system to help keep the sniffles, sore throats and tummy bugs at bay. Our Nutritional Therapist, Catherine Jeans has some simple yet effective top tips on boosting your immune system this Autumn.
1. Sugar, sugar everywhere! You may be fed up with hearing how bad sugar is for your health, but when it comes to colds and your immune system, it’s one of the worst enemies. Unfortunately the more you eat of it, the more you want. A sugary diet can make your immune army much weaker, and tends to out your body in a state of stress, which doesn’t help your immune soldier. Try to reduce the amount of processed food you eat, cut out fizzy drinks and avoid adding sugar and honey to food. Use dried and fresh fruit instead to naturally sweeten foods, or spices such as cinnamon (you can get more top tips in my 30 day Sugar Detox Programme starting soon).
2. Get in your greens! If your children (or husband!) won’t eat their greens, do whatever you can to hide them in food. They are a great source of vitamin c, magnesium and other immune boosting nutrients. How about making green mash with potato, sweet potato and some broccoli. Or disguise greens in soups, chopped into your bolognese or hidden in shepherds pie? You could even experiment with green smoothies… Add an avocado and some banana and greens take on a whole new texture that kids tend to love. My favourite is banana, avocado, cucumber and kale (just a handful) with added water and some ginger.
3. Are you the 85% low or deficient in Vitamin D? We know the majority of the UK are deficient in VitaminD, and this nutrient is very supportive for the immune system. We get the majority if vitamin D from the sun, so as the winter months roll on we are likely to become deficient. Get the whole family taking a vitamin D3 supplement, such as the ones in our online store.