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Boost your immune system the superfood way

www.pexels.comWith schools back, X-Factor on the TV and a nip in the air, it is only a matter of time before those pesky colds and coughs start to come our way.

We all know that keeping warm, washing our hands and taking a vitamin supplement can help us to be healthy, but one sure way to stop those sniffles is to eat well.

A varied diet that is packed with fruit and veg plus good proteins and plenty of water is a good place to start, but there are also some superfood treasures not to be sneezed at we think you might want to consider when you make your shopping list.

Broccoli, where do we start? This little green bundle of goodness is a solid source of fibre and protein, it comes with lashings of iron, potassium, calcium, selenium, and magnesium. Vitamins A, B, C, E, K have been added into the mix along with folic acid too. Phew! You can eat it raw in salads, or steam it, stir-fry it or add it to soups and stews and one of your five a day will be a done deal.

If you choose a yogurt which contains live cultures, this will give you a rich source of the probiotics that help with gut health, and strengthen the digestive and immune systems. Whether you add yogurt to your smoothies, mix it into muesli or snack on it mid-afternoon snack along with seeds and a banana, this is a quick, taste was to keep bugs at bay.

The berry family are a nutritional powerhouse of vitamins, minerals, fiber, and antioxidants and should be added to your weekly shop. Raspberries, strawberries, blueberries, and blackberries can be eaten as part of your breakfast, as a lunchtime dessert, or added to a smoothie before you hit the gym, and the health benefits are as versatile as the way you eat them.

You might not know this but cinnamon is really good for your gut and immune system. It is a natural way to break down bacteria’s ability to multiply, so if you do have a cold, it can help to clear that snotty nose up, faster. As well as sprinkling onto hot chocolate or into a cup of tea, you can also mix with raw honey for a spicy boost.

They might not be in season but watermelons are winter winners because they contain heart-healthy citrulline as well as Vitamins A, C and B6 too. Their lush red flesh is full of the lycopene that helps keep your bones strong and your immune system balanced. As well as eating in big, fat slices, you can add to salads, blend into smoothies and chop over pancakes – what’s not to like?

Chicken or Egg?
The answer both.  If you want to be as healthy as possible, your body needs enough zinc. You can take a supplement that contains zinc or try eating eggs, mushrooms, chicken, pumpkin seeds and cashew nuts regularly and this will help with white blood cell production so your body can fight infections and your skin, hair and nails will look and feel healthy.

We really couldn’t miss out the humble orange in our round-up. This ball of coloured goodness is jam-packed with the immune boosting Vitamin C that helps our bodies battle bugs and infections. While the human body is clever, it can’t store Vitamin C so you need to eat foods like oranges as well as tomatoes, peas, and peppers or take a Vitamin C supplement if you want to give yourself a fighting chance of being fit and well when the cold snap hits.

We hope this will help you keep healthy this winter.

Team Pure Beauty

Last updated on 18/09/2018.

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