At the moment, a small cough can raise alarm bells and we need to take extra precautions to ensure that our immune systems are fighting fit! There are a few healthy habits that can prevent getting sick like washing hands regularly, getting enough sleep, and keeping a close eye on your stress levels. Eating the right foods is one of the more important ways to give your body the nutrients it needs to stay healthy.
In winter we aren’t typically focused on eating a lot of fruit because warmer foods have more appeal, but we should remember to keep these nutrient-rich foods in our daily intake to reap the benefits.
4 Fruits that Boost Your Immune System
Of course oranges would be number one on the list. Orange juice is now classified as a superfood! Oranges are exceptionally good for you at any time of the year, and they’re popular fruits for a vitamin C boost. Vitamin C is not only great for your immune system, it also helps to prevent cell damage, encourages collagen production, and lowers your blood pressure, as well as your cortisol levels (the stress hormone).
Grapefruit is just as packed with vitamin C as oranges – they’re just not as popular because of their distinctive bitter flavour. They also contain a significant amount of fibre and vitamin A, which supports your immune system as well as your eyesight. Grapefruits are low in calories, and they’re made of 88% water, which helps you stay hydrated while leaving you feeling full – making them a great weight loss fruit option, too!
Blueberries are also classified as a superfood with their high level of antioxidants. They are low in calories and delicious to eat by the handful because of their natural sweetness, making them a great healthy substitute when those sugar cravings hit. They contain natural antihistamines, which can help reduce inflammation and minimise cold and flu symptoms.
An apple a day really can keep the doctor away! Apple skins contain a pigment flavonoid called ‘quercetin’, which can boost your immune system and reduce inflammation. This is why apples should always be eaten with their skin on – washed, of course!
At SlenderWonder, we always encourage leading an active and healthy lifestyle. The road to good health is paved with the right nutrition and proper self-care. Contact us to get on track with your weight and overall health!