Winter Wellness - Naturally
The first few weeks of school in September saw our first colds, snotty noses and tummy aches in this family. Similar in your house? Read on for a few easy tips to beat autumn and winter sniffles naturally, reliably and affordably ....
Eat a diet rich in fresh, raw foods. Fresh vegetables and fruits and brimming with health promoting ingredients such as vitamins, minerals, amino acids and secondary phytonutrients. An apple a day keeps the doctor away.
In order to get your fill of fresh fruit and veg, try to include a fresh salad in your meals once a day this time of year. The salad can include: dark green leaves (spinach, rocket, beet greens), beetroot, tomatoes, cucumber, avocado, nuts and seeds, carrots, peppers, scallions, broccoli, chicory, etc.
Most of us may not be aware, but it is estimated that 70% of the body’s immune system originate in the gut. Throughout the digestive tract we have lymphatic tissue that draws directly from the gut to respond to invading viruses. The gut contains a myriad of living cells and organisms that help it stay well and strong, digest food for us, and even produce vitamins for us. To keep all these beneficial bugs happy we need to eat a diet high in soluble fibres such as those contained in apples.
(Apples are recommended to be eaten fresh and/or stewed.)
The immune system requires not only vitamins to work well, it also requires amino acids (proteins). Therefore, I always recommend including a high quality protein in at least two meals and/or snacks daily. This includes: nuts/seeds into yoghurts or over salads, meat/fish eaten most days, beans and lentils as meat alternatives, peas and broccoli included in most days.
Fats are integral part of all of our cells. I always recommend taking a high quality fish oil and/or seed oil (flax seed oil) especially during the winter months. Visit your local health food shop or pharmacy for a good fish oil – don’t be deceived by price, however, you really do get what you pay for with fish oils.