the best foods to cold-proof your body
Eat foods rich in the following components to boost your immunity and help stave off colds and flu.
Consuming probiotics can significantly lower your risk of fever and influenza, two Japanese studies reveal. What to eat: Try a probiotic-rich, low-fat plain yoghurt, and top it off with some stewed fruit for a healthy vitamin boost. Or make a tasty miso soup.
All spices have health benefits, but research has shown ground cumin is particularly good for boosting your immunity. What to eat: Add some ground cumin seeds to a wholesome curry, soup, sauce or stew. Turn to page 49 for delicious Indian-inspired recipes, some using cumim.
Zinc may just be the ultimate winter mineral. Scientists have found it can help with ailments from the common cold and diarrhoea to pneumonia and acute respiratory tract infections. What to eat: Oysters are one of the greatest sources of zinc, but if they don’t tempt you, try a steaming pot of mussels with tomato and garlic.
Vitamin A helps keep the lining of your digestive tract healthy. This helps to prevent infection because your digestive tract is an important physical barrier to infection and illness. What to eat: Choose carrots, butternut pumpkin and sweet potato, which go well in soups, roasts or just simply steamed. Put eggs on your gut-health menu too — just one egg will provide almost half your recommended daily intake of vitamin A.