Stay ahead of thise winter bugs with our 7 winter immunity boosters.
Get eight hours sleep
Your immune response is the first to suffer if you haven’t gotten adequate hours of sleep. Go to bed and get up at the same time every day, even at weekends.
Have a cold shower
Scientific evidence shows that taking regular cold showers or plunging into a chilly swimming pool can rev up your body’s immune system. Start gradually, by turning the water temperature down at the end of your shower.
Send sugar packing
Sugar inhibits the immune system’s ability to do its job. No more sweets, fizzy drinks, honey and fruit juice.
Nuts contain selenium, zinc, vitamin E and magnesium, all of which are needed to boost the production of interferon and T-cells to aid the immune system.
A traditional immune booster, garlic is a natural antibiotic and cure-all, due to its main active ingredient, allicin. In order to be effective, it needs to be taken raw.
Don’t forget your vitamin C
Studies show that taking 1g of vitamin C every day really does reduce the incidence, duration and severity of colds.
Zinc is the main nutrient that helps protect the immune system and helps white blood cells to resist infection. It’s also the one in which many people are slightly deficient. Zinc-rich foods include eggs, wholegrain bread and cereals, nuts, seafood, meat and oysters.