How can we improve our immunity and try to avoid picking up winter bugs?
These tips are information I have accumulated over many years as a holistic therapist - some of which is based on experience rather than scientific evidence.
Drink plenty of fluids - hot fluids are especially beneficial such as fresh lemon tea, fresh lemon & honey tea, herbal teas & regular tea. Chicken broth (see end of blog) & green tea are the most beneficial.
Maintain a balanced diet with plenty of fruit and vegetables especially red bell peppers, citrus fruits, papaya, kiwi, garlic, ginger, onions, spinach, broccoli, almonds, tumeric, fresh herbs, sunflower seeds, poultry (chicken or turkey). Supplementing with Vitamin C can be helpful to boost the immune system. Garlic is well known to help a flu or common cold. Zinc is very important - our bodies need it so the immune system can function properly. Shellfish contains high levels of zinc such as crab, mussels, lobster and clams. Yoghurt can be beneficial if it contains acidophilus. However, dairy can produce a lot of mucus so beware when you have a cold. Other remedies which are known to help the immune system are echinacea and citricidal - these can be found in natural health food stores. On early signs of feeling unwell take the recommended dose of echinacea or citricidal (if you can bear it, a very strong taste). If you are feeling very tired and run down it is worth requesting a blood test from your gp to check your iron levels and other vitamin & mineral levels.