After 6 weeks + of illness which has included courses of antibiotics and too many packets of cold and flu capsules just so I can function for the days, I have decided to bring in all the immunity-boosting foods and supplements I can.
Firstly, I am on a twice daily dose of probiotics. I try to take them first thing and the last thing each day so they can do the best with as little other stuff floating around inside of me as possible.
Next, I am looking at my diet (argh!) and trying to eat more consciously, filling my meals with fighting foods for immunity. Hard when you feel like shit, but to help myself I have been collecting some delicious recipes from around the inter-webs to keep me on track.
I’m hoping no one else is in the same lurgie filled boat as me but I’m thinking good, comforting, nutrient rich foods aren’t going to hurt anybody. Here are my immunity boosting targets and what I am going to be making to help myself get back into the land of the living.
This little explosion of antioxidants is best eaten raw but as much as I love the stuff, I’m just not that hardcore! Luckily garlic is an easy add to most things and straight up roasted is absolutely delicious!
Check out these recipes that are full of garlic yum-ness:
Zinc is a huge go to mineral for its wonderful immune system powers. You can catch your zinc from red meat, chicken, fish, dairy foods, eggs, legumes, pumpkin seeds and sunflower seeds.
Try these little parcels of Zinc love:
I have been pumping Vitamin C into me, in the form of Sodium Ascorbate. It was recommended to me (because I have been so sick) to keep going with a teaspoon every half hour until my body tells me it has had enough (I will leave how it will tell me to your imagination). I am not overly diligent on the half hour but my body is yet to tell me it has had enough!
Other ways to get Vitamin C into you is by enjoying citrus fruits, kiwi fruits, strawberries, broccoli, cabbage and parsley.
Try these recipes:
If we are talking all over immunity (I am because I need all and sundry) we have to look at the front-line. Nothing gets more front-line defence against bacteria, viruses and other undesirables than our skin. To stay strong and healthy we need to pack our skin with vitamin A and the best way to do that is eating foods rich in beta-carotene, which is converted into vitamin A in the body.
I wonder if you can guess what my favourite beta-carotene veggie is…
How are you going this flu season? There are some icky lurgies getting around.