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How to boost your immune system

With Autumn comes shopping trips for updating your winter wardrobe, long afternoon walks with family and friends, red wine and the urge for pub grub and milky coffee! Don't let a low immune system stop you from fighting fit and attending all these well made plans!

Here's some top tips on what to fuel up on to keep you feeling tip top!

Boost Your Gut

Stock up on live yoghurt and fermented foods to get probiotics in to the system. Supplements can be good through the winter months too!

Add Garlic

It has amazing anti-bacterial, anti-viral and anti-fungal effects. Raw garlic is the most effective variety, and can easily be added into everything from pesto to salad dressings.

Eat Mushrooms

Mushrooms have been used for their immune-boosting effects for centuries. A special sugar found within their cell walls called beta glucans is the key to improving our immune defences. Try experimenting with different mushroom varieties – shiitake mushrooms are particularly effective – within stir-fries, soups, stews and casseroles.

Get Outside

It’s important to take advantage of any rays of sunshine during the winter months to soak up some much-needed vit D. Fresh air, exercise and nature can also help to reduce the stress hormone cortisol, which ultimately boosts immunity.

Include Coconut Oil

Coconut oil is rich in special fatty acids, which have excellent anti-microbial properties.

Boost Vitamin C

Vitamin C may have several roles in the function of the immune system. It increases the activity of immune cells, the production of antibodies and the creation of chemicals that help stop viruses from replicating inside our cells.

Top Up Your Omega 3s

Try eating oily fish three times a week, whether you opt for salmon, sardines, mackerel or herring. They are rich in omega 3s, which not only help reduce inflammation but also increase airflow and protect the lungs from colds and respiration infections.

Try Pilates

“Pilates exercises help make your lymphatic and respiratory systems more efficient – and both are crucial to your immune system.” – Lynne Robinson, Founder of Body Control Pilates and Author of Pilates For Life

So there you have it...let's stock up!

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