Spice up your immune system
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