Anyone notice that the air is getting a lot cooler lately? It is September after all and the evenings are getting shorter and the weather slightly cooler.
This is also the time when you are more vulnerable to colds and flus and other infections. Here are a few healthy ways to stay healthy during the change in seasons:
Include plenty of Vitamin C and bioflavonoids rich fruits and vegetables and juices via citrus, berries, pineapple and peppers. These are hugely beneficial to keep your body healthy. They provide protection against infection, and also help in many other ways including reducing the risk of heart disease, improving your liver function and decreased blood cholesterol.
Consume lots of vegetables for Vitamin A. This is great for maintaining your body’s defences. Vitamin A is involved in the production and function of white blood cells, which help clear bacteria from your body. This allows you to fight infection when your body is most vulnerable, such as the changing of seasons.
Include zinc rich foods such as sesame seeds, pumpkin seeds, cashews, quinoa and shellfish particularly oysters. Zinc is vital for a healthy immune system, and promoting healthy growth during childhood. Most colds are caused by a type of virus called rhinovirus, which thrives and multiplies in the nasal passages and throat (upper respiratory system). Zinc may work by preventing the rhinovirus from multiplying. It may also stop the rhinovirus from lodging in the mucous membranes of the throat and nose.
Lemon & Honey
You should drink warming medicinal herbal teas with lemon and honey. Honey is known to bolster the immune system. A daily dose of honey can help you to feel energetic and stay healthy. It also has antibacterial and antimicrobial properties. Also, if develop a sore or scratchy throat, honey will soothe and help heal. Lemon is loaded with vitamin C, which is known to support the body’s natural defences. Lemon juice is reported to decrease the strength of the cold and flu virus in the body and reduce phlegm.
Adding garlic to your diet can really help in fighting common flus and colds. Garlic contains the immune-boosting compound allicin, that is known to relieve cold and flu symptoms.