With the cold and flu season upon us just how do you stay healthy?
Naturopath Gina Burn shares her top tips to give your immune system the boost it needs to help you Be a Well Being this winter.
When it’s cold and dark outside, it can be tempting to hibernate and fill up on unhealthy comfort food.
Maintaining a healthy diet through winter is important for keeping our immune systems strong.
A good place to start is with 5 serves of veggies and 2 serves of fruit a day. Make sure there’s lots of colour in your diet and sip on green tea, full of antioxidants and helps to keep you nice and warm.
If you find yourself craving a sweet treat, a great option is to whip up a refreshing fruit juice packed with vitamins. Or snack on a handful of blueberries or fresh medjool dates.
Winter veggies such a carrots, parsnips, sweet potato and turnips provide great flavor for yummy hot soups and are an easy way to pack lots of vitamin goodness into a meal.
In preparing your winter meals you should try to include flavonoid rich foods.
These contain many health benefits due to their antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.
Foods with high flavonoid content include apples, blueberries, parsley, cocoa, peanuts and onions.
So get creative with your diet over the colder months. Try new recipes with different vitamin packed foods. Eat fresh and colourful produce, and give your immune system the boost it needs to stay healthy this winter.
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