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Boost your immune system for winter!

We are heading into the cold & flu season, so why not boost your immune system to give yourself a head start?

The average adult comes down with around two or three colds per year and as flu is very contagious we may find that we also catch this sooner or later too. One of the tricky things about dealing with cold and flu viruses is that they do not respond to antibiotics, which destroy bacteria, so why not boost your immune system naturally to help ward off a cold or flu.

Greek Yoghurt – a helpful bacteria because it helps keep your gut healthy which will improve your immune system and susceptibility to infection.

Red Peppers - a rich source of vitamin C that aids your immune system in fighting colds and flu. The powerful effect of vitamin C comes from bioflavonoids that help your body produce white blood cells, especially the white blood cells of your lymphatic system that cleanse your cells and tissues of toxins.

Oatmeal - whole grains, like oatmeal, contain selenium, zinc, and beta-glucan to help support your immune system and fend off cold and flu infections. Add a generous dollop of yogurt -- its probiotics may help keep a virus from settling into your respiratory system. At Slim & Save, we have five varieties of porridge and oatmeal one for every day of the week!

Garlic & Ginger – garlic is the miracle food for everything! The BBC reported in 2007 that garlic stimulates the activity of immune system cells that destroy cold and flu viruses. An added bonus from eating fresh garlic is that your strong breath can discourage sick people from wanting to get too close! Ginger reduces fevers, soothes sore throats, and encourages coughing to remove mucus from the chest. The chemicals shagaols and gingerols in ginger give it that spicy kick that stimulates blood circulation and opens your sinuses.

Pumpkin - high in both vitamin C and beta-carotene. These offer a boost to the immune system using a powerful combination of nutrients. Beta-carotene is converted into vitamin A. This triggers the creation of white blood cells that fight infection.

Oysters – it is well known that these are great aphrodisiacs but they are also packed with zinc which is also great for protecting the body against cold and flu, other great sources of zinc are; lean meats such as beef, chicken, and seafood.

Water – It is important to keep hydrated because if you are unwell both a fever and heavy breathing can cause you to lose extra fluids.

Joanne JonesWhile these are a good first line of defence against colds and the flu, a healthy diet has been shown to boost immune function and help you get better faster, and if you’re consistently eating a varied diet and a colourful palate, it will help your body fight off any infections. You are permitted all of the above on the S&S plan so there is no excuse not to give yourself a fighting start this Autumn/Winter.

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Comments on Boost your immune system for winter!
LIZ LANCASTER 25/10/2017 17:59
The best way to boost your immune system is not be too clean. I mean like disinfecting everything, constantly washing your hands etc. By being over clean, we are actually weakening our immunity. Exposure to some bacteria and viruses coaxes the body to create natural barriers to them.
Angela Robinson 08/10/2017 20:50
Adding cayenne pepper to my meaty slim and save meals warms me up a treat
Sasha Fremiot 08/10/2017 08:21
Vitamin D (5000 units per day) but you need also to take Magnesium G and Vit K2 (unless on Warfarin) alongside.
Kathryn 07/10/2017 17:56
We did a foraging walk a couple of years back and were told all about the benefits of elderberry syrup. It’s amazing stuff and research has shown that for some people it’s more effective than the tamiflu injection. Last year I took a spoonful everyday and avoided colds and flu all season. This year sticking with slim n save but will do this again next year.
Alison Hudson 07/10/2017 16:47
Flu jab, and clean hands!
Laura Carle 07/10/2017 16:11
Lots of sleep, vitamins, fresh air and most importantly slim & save will keep the cold and flu at bay. Never felt healthier than when using Slim & Slave!!
diane 07/10/2017 15:48
Wash your hands.
Margaret Larter 07/10/2017 15:12
I’ve got my vitamin d, the sunshine vitamin, started. A medical friend swears by it. And getting my free flu injection this month. Interesting article Jo.
Lucy D 07/10/2017 13:46
I always up my vitamin C and D intake at this time of year as it helps!
Deborah F 07/10/2017 12:56
As an NHS Employee we encourage staff & the public to have the flu jab annually. So I have to say flu jab.

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