Here are our top five tips for boosting your immune system:
1) Zinc-rich foods
Eating plenty of zinc-rich foods can help to increase disease-fighting antibodies and strengthen your immune system. Foods high in zinc include sesame seeds, chickpeas, cashews and shellfish.
2) Vitamin C
Get your fill of vitamin C through fresh fruit and vegetables rather than a bright orange supplement packed full of artificial sweeteners. One of the best sources of vitamin C is cauliflower – a single serving provides 77% of your recommended daily intake.
3) Ginger, ginger, ginger
Chop up a thumb sized piece of ginger and pair with the juice of half a lemon and hot water to start your day. Not only is ginger a natural pain and fever reducer, it also increases circulation helping to remove toxins and viruses from the body.
4) The benefits of Tumeric
Turmeric has been having a moment in recent years and there’s good reason for it. An anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory and powerful antioxidant, this delicious spice is loaded with dietary fibre, potassium, magnesium and vitamin C, E and K. Enjoy in tea, curries or soups and you will soon reap the benefits.
5) Fresh air
Although the weather outside may not be the most enticing, getting some exercise and fresh air can do you the world of good. Why not try cycling to work one day a week instead of getting the tube in an attempt to avoid the commuter bugs?
Research shows that infection rates are generally highest at the busy stations where commuters are required to change lines, such as Highbury and Islington, London Bridge and Victoria. All the more reason to opt for cycling or walking!
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