If you’re fed up of feeling run down and suffering from colds, stomach bugs and the like, it could be that your immune system needs some TLC. Why not introduce some immune supporting foods and drinks to your diet?
Here are our suggestions:
Spinach – A wonder vegetable, spinach contains lots of vitamins and minerals, so try to eat some at least twice a week if you can. Spinach is rich in vitamin A, vitamin C, potassium, magnesium and beta carotene which can help your body fight infections. It also contains folate (the natural form of folic acid) which helps repair cells and increases white blood cell production. If you’re not a fan of spinach, you could have cauliflower or sprouts instead.
Raw garlic – There are many benefits to eating raw garlic. It contains plenty of nutrients and has both antibacterial and antiviral properties so can help your body fight off colds and the flu. It can also help reduce high blood pressure and regulate blood sugar levels. It’s no wonder it’s known as a super food!
Why not mix a garlic clove into your butter and spread it on some toast? If you’d prefer to chop it up and swallow it, make sure you add a drop of olive oil and take a few mouthfuls of water to wash it down. Alternatively, you could opt for odourless garlic tablets.
Yogurt – If you want to stay as healthy as possible, you need your gut to be in tip-top condition. Eating yogurt daily can help, as yoghurt contains good bacteria (probiotics) which fight against bad bacteria in your gut. This can support your immune system as well as helping your body digest the food that you eat.
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