To re-boost the immune system before we need and stock up on all the necessary goodness to ward off the nasties…
7 Foods To Re-Boost And Re-Energise
1. Natural yoghurt with ‘live cultures’
70% of your immune system resides within your gut and the gut has more immune cells than the rest of the body put together.
Gut bacteria directly informs and influences our immune system, which is why a healthy gut means a healthy immune system.
Look out for natural yoghurt with ‘live cultures’ to ensure the daily dose of good bacteria.
Garlic has amazing anti-bacterial, anti-viral and anti-fungal effects. Raw garlic is the most effective and can easily be added into pesto, bruschetta, infused oils, salad dressings and healthy dips like hummus and guacamole.
3. Pumpkin seeds
Pumpkin seeds have been a long time valued source of zinc. Zinc is so important to the immune system that even a mild deficiency can increase risk of infection. Try eating a handful of raw, unsalted pumpkin seeds a day.
Mushrooms have been used for their immune boosting effects for centuries. A special sugar found in mushroom cell walls called beta glucans is the key to improving our immune defences. The varieties, Shiitake, Cordyceps, Enoki and Mitake are especially effective.
5. Coconut oil
Rich in special fatty acids called lauric and caprylic acid, which both have excellent anti-microbial properties. 50% of coconut oil is made up of lauric acid, which is converted in the body to an antiviral compound called monolaurin, making it the perfect food to ward off colds.
A wonderful source of vitamin C and antioxidant such as anthocyanin giving you the immune support you need.
7. Wild salmon
As many immune molecules are made up of protein, it’s absolutely essential for immunity. Salmon is not only an extremely healthy source of protein but also rich in Vitamin D. Vitamin D is a fat-soluble nutrient, which plays a key role in boosting the immune system.
Thank you, Lily x
Lily Soutter Bsc (Hons) Nutrition, Dip ION, mBANT, CNHC
Lily is a Nutritionist and weight loss expert providing one-to-one nutrition consultations for health optimisation. She has obtained a Food and Human Nutrition degree from Newcastle University and a Nutritional Therapy diploma from The Institute of Optimum Nutrition. Lily has an extensive knowledge of the science of food and health, which enables her to regularly write for The Daily Mail, The Independent, The Mirror, Women's Health, Marie Claire, Good Housekeeping and Cosmopolitan.
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