Spice up your im­mune sys­tem

The Sun (Malaysia) - - WHAT2EAT -

WE SHOULD take good care of our­selves by eat­ing a bal­anced diet of sea­sonal pro­duce, flavoured with warm­ing an­tivi­ral herbs and spices.

To tone up your me­tab­o­lism, be cre­ative with such spices as ginger, cin­na­mon, black pep­per and nut­meg, which rid the body of ex­ces­sive hu­mid­ity.

It is also a time to get sweet or­ange-coloured veg­eta­bles (squash, sweet potato, pump­kin) that nourish the spleen, an or­gan that should be par­tic­u­larly pam­pered to con­serve its in­ter­nal en­ergy dur­ing the rainy sea­son.

Thyme, oregano and wild thyme have nat­u­ral an­tivi­ral prop­er­ties that stim­u­late the body’s de­fences against colds, flu, bron­chi­tis and si­nusi­tis.

When used to treat stom­ach flu or diar­rhoea, they also fa­cil­i­tate good di­ges­tion and act as as­trin­gents.

Cle­men­tines, lemons, or­anges, grape­fruit and ki­wis are rich in vi­ta­min C, and also help to pre­vent vi­ral in­fec­tions.

As a gen­eral rule, fresh whole fruits are bet­ter than juices, which have fewer nu­tri­ents and may con­tain added sugar.

It is also rec­om­mended to supplement di­etary vi­ta­min C with an ad­di­tional 500mg per day.

Also, prod­ucts made by bees, such as propo­lis and royal jelly, have been prized for their pow­er­ful an­ti­in­fec­tious prop­er­ties, which are ef­fec­tive in the ear, nose and throat (for colds, flu and coughs), and in the gas­troin­testi­nal tract.

As well as boost­ing the body’s de­fences, propo­lis (a mix­ture of wax, resin and bees’ sali­vary en­zymes), honey and royal jelly act as a tonic for the brain that helps pre­vent sea­sonal de­pres­sion. – AFPRe­laxnews

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