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To Boost or Not to Boost, Are you immune?

Healthy products for Immunity boosting and cold remedies,

With our current situation of battling a pandemic (COVID-19 we’re looking at you!) and the not-so-gradual icy slide into wintery weather, it looks like our immune system needs a boost. So what can we do to keep us feeling vibrant and healthy, naturally?

C you later sniffles! 

We all know Vitamin C is amazing for the immune system as it helps in the production of important disease fighting cells (e.g. white blood cells and antibodies), along with being a powerful antioxidant (helps to reduce cell damage). 

Foods high in Vitamin C include:

  • Citrus fruits – oranges, mandarins, lemons, limes, grapefruits  
  • Capsicum
  • Spinach
  • Broccoli 
  • Cauliflower
  • Kiwifruit
  • Tomatoes 
  • Strawberries
  • Blueberries
  • Kale 

Raw Power!

Maybe its the pungent aroma that helps ward off Vampires and viruses (joke), but garlic especially in its raw form, is a great addition to an immune boosting dish. Garlic contains a compound called allicin which has been shown to have anti-bacterial properties. Studies have also shown some anti-fungal, anti-viral and anti-inflammatory properties. Either way, adding more raw garlic to your diet will encourage other to give you a wide berth. Social distancing for the win! 

Tea Off!

Green tea contains a polyphenol called EGCG which may be responsible for its anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant properties. It has also bene shown to aid in the production of T-cells which are important in the immune response to help fight germs. 

Trust me, I’m a pro!

Probiotics may help regulate immunity by encouraging good bacteria to thrive, thus improving the overall digestive environment. It may also help promote the production of antibodies. The gut has been shown to play an important role in modulating the immune system. 

Foods considered to have good probiotics include:

  • Yoghurt – particularly plain greek yoghurt
  • Kefir (fermented milk)
  • pickles
  • Kim Chi
  • Sauerkraut 

If fermented food or yoghurt isn’t your thing, you can also increase your probiotic intake through supplementation. Feel free to ask our Chiropractors at your next visit if you are interested in learning more. 

Spice up your life!

Tumeric is a deep yellow spice usually found in curries. It reportedly has anti-inflammatory properties.

Ginger is known to help keep nausea at bay. It has been shown to help fight bacteria and inflammation. Add it to a smoothie or combine a few peeled slices to hot water, a squeeze of lemon and some honey to make an invigorating tea.

Soul Food!

While the research is still out, we can’t forget about the good ol’ chicken soup. Nothing beats a steaming bowl of nutritious and delicious soup when you’re feeling under the weather. I’ts just so good for the soul!

** Please remember that the foods mentioned above DOES NOT CURE cold, flus, coronavirus etc. Eating well is just one way to keep you healthy, allowing your body to work more effectively. 

Dr Nicole Hudson

Principal Chiropractor | Connect Chiropractic

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