As we officially head into Winter, we face the season that is regularly filled with viruses and common colds! Your doctor can't do a lot to cure your cold and flu, however you can fight off the symptoms and speed up your recovery by incorporating these healthy, natural and organic wholefoods into your diet. Each one is full of nutritional properties to help boost your immune system and can be find in the pantry.
Check out our quick guide below:
APPLE CIDER VINEGAR
Organic Raw Apple Cider Vinegar naturally contains probiotics also known as the ‘Mother’ which is great for gut health. The acidity of the vinegar creates an alkaline environment which helps kill bacteria and viruses and break down mucus.
Rolled Oats are a great source of vitamins, minerals, fibre and antioxidants. A hot bowl of porridge will not only warm you up but give you a dose of healthy nutrients too. Oats also contain beta-glucans, which has been shown to boost defenses of the immune system against bacteria, viruses, fungi, and parasites.
CHIA & HEMP SEEDS
Chia Seeds and Hulled Hemp Seeds are naturally high in the essential fatty acids omega 3 and omega 6. These heart-healthy fats are a part of a balanced diet, and help transport minerals and vitamins such as vitamins A, D, E and K through your body.
Ginger contains natural anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties that help in the treatment of all the symptoms associated with a cold: sore throat, congestion, coughing, nausea – you name it! A hot cup of ginger tea is also very soothing and relaxing.
Baobab is a rich source of vitamin C, with one 20g serve of baobab providing about half of the recommend daily intake of vitamin C for adults. Vitamin C is commonly known as a cold and flu fighter as it helps to support a healthy immune system and reduce inflammation.
Turmeric holds anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties (due to the active compound curcumin), which can help aid in the relief of colds, congestion, headache, and sore throats. Simply add turmeric to curries & stews or try our warming Turmeric Latte.
Pepitas (pumpkin seeds) are a great source the mineral zinc, with just one handful containing 14% the recommend daily intake. Zinc can help boost your immune system and fight off any nasty colds or flus.
When you're sick with a cold or the flu, it’s important to stay hydrated and drink plenty of liquids. Hot herbal tea contains plenty of anti-oxidants to soothe a sore throat and ease congestion. Some of our favourite teas to help fight off Winter blues include: organic ginger, turmeric, echinacea, chamomile and a special Wintertime blend.
Chilli contains capsaicin, the component that gives these peppers their heat and acts as a decongestant to help relieve a stuffy nose. Chilli peppers are also high in vitamin C & A, which helps support a healthy immune system.
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