Eat­ing for im­mu­nity

Tra­di­tional cold and flu foods

Element - - Contents - By Lani Lopez Lani Lopez BHSO Ad­vdip­nathealth is a natur­opath, clin­i­cal nu­tri­tion­ist and top-sell­ing au­thor Founder of lanilopez.com find her and talk well­be­ing on face­book.com/lanilopez.com

Win­ter is here and with it the bugs that lay us low. Now is the time to fuel the fires of your ever-vig­i­lant im­mune sys­tem.

Com­fort food is a one of win­ter’s com­pen­sa­tions. For foods that boost our im­mu­nity, fill up on veg­eta­bles, es­pe­cially green leafy veges, fruits, lean meats and good car­bo­hy­drates – es­pe­cially whole­grains and ku­mara. Legumes are po­tent im­mu­nity food and ideal for slow­cooked stew, casse­role and curry. Load your dishes up with co­rian­der, gin­ger, turmeric and gar­lic. Avoid re­fined sugar, it can im­pair the func­tion of virus-killing white blood cells. In small amounts make honey and fruit your source of sweet­ness. When bak­ing I use a nat­u­ral sweet­ener called Ste­via, avail­able at health-stores.

Keep some dark (70-85% ca­cao) cho­co­late on hand just in case. It’s low on re­fined sugar and a health­ier treat.

Our di­ges­tive tract is lined with an­ti­body pro­duc­ing im­mune cells so keep them healthy with a live, pro­bi­otic-rich yo­ghurt. This is es­pe­cially im­por­tant af­ter a course of an­tibi­otics which strip out healthy gut flora.

Your caf­feine kick isn’t worth the cost of a week’s cold or flu, cut back. You don’t have to go cold turkey, just ease back on caf­feine and cut out sug­ary, caf­feinated soft drinks.

Stress also im­pairs im­mu­nity. When you’re un­der pres­sure, don’t stress, take ac­tion; Stop, breathe and re­lax. Even a minute breath­ing deeply a day is a pow­er­ful preven­tive health mea­sure.

This, com­bined with the world­wide wis­dom of cold fight­ing cuisine be­low, should keep you fight­ing fit.

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