Fight it with food a boost! Eat up, and give your immune system
Nutritionist Cassandra Barns explains: ‘One third of a head of broccoli contains more than our recommended daily allowance of vitamin C!’ Heat can destroy vitamin C though so make sure you steam broccoli for no more than four minutes.
Not just an aphrodisiac – oysters are mega high in immunity boosting zinc as well as other helpful nutrients including selenium, vitamin B12, iron and vitamin A. Not a fan? Beef and as lamb are also good sources of zinc, are pumpkin seeds and sesame seeds.
‘100g of salmon is enough to cover the current recommended daily intake of vitamin D,’ says Cassandra. If you can, go for wild sockeye salmon for the greatest benefits.
Of all fruits, kiwis come out
– as one of the highest in vitamin C often better than oranges. Yup, it’s a nutritionists go-to as Cassandra reveals that she stocks up on kiwi fruits when coming down with a cold.
Load up on carrots, sweet potatoes of and butternut squash. They’re full beta-carotene, says Cassandra, which our body uses to make vitamin A – a vital nutrient for immunity and also for the mucous membranes
– the ‘inner linings’ of our body.
DID you Know?
Elizabeth Wall, nutritionist at Holland & Barrett says cold symptoms should only last FOUR days whilst flu can last up to 10. Fatigue from fighting the virus can last two to three weeks though.
Don’t Go ott
We need some exposure to germs to actually build our immune system. Cassandra recommends that we avoid overusing anti-bac gels, wipes and sprays, as they can weaken your immune system and make you more prone to catching a bug when you’re exposed to one.
But Keep CLEAN
Of course, we still need to be sensible. Wash your hands regularly with hot water and soap. Unless a hand sanitizer contains at least 6080 percent alcohol, it wont kill cold
and flu viruses.