As it gets colder, we become vulnerable to common cold and cough. This makes us sluggish and hampers our training. So, we thought to compile a list of 5 nutritional foods that will help keep immune system on guard and supercharge the batteries. The list will give you that extra strength you need during the winter months. Which one is your favourite?
While being very refreshing, a ripe watermelon also has plenty of a powerful antioxidant – Glutathione. Glutathione is known to help strengthen the immune system so it can fight infection. It is found in the red pulpy flesh near the rind. Be sure to add this to your shopping list.
Cabbage is another source of Glutathione which studies suggest helps maintain the body’s immune system. In the winter months cabbages are inexpensive and very easy to find and can be added to any variety of foods. Have any particular recipes you think are great and healthy? Feel free to add on the comment section at the bottom of the page and share with your friends.
Studies in a lab have shown extracts of these dark berries appears to block flu viruses. A few small studies involving people have also shown that it may actually go to help you recover more quickly from flu (fingers crossed you haven’t caught it quite yet).
Another great food to boost your immune system. At this point we have to confess we have gone slightly “nuts” on almonds and bought a number of bags. A 60 gram serving carries nearly 50% of the daily recommended amount of vitamin E and they are so easy to carry and eat whenever you feel moreish. Chop and garnish your desserts, make a paste and add them to your milk or just munch on them.
And lastly…our favourite…
Both green and black tea are loaded with polyphenols and flavonoids. Studies have shown that these antioxidants seek out cell-damaging free radicals and destroy them. Caffeinated and decaf work equally well. The humble tea also serves as a great excuse to get 5 minutes off your chair, move and be active 🙂 Why not infuse tea with strawberries, lemongrass, cloves, cinnamon and pear for added boost?
Good to Know:
Some of the best ways to banish the winter blues is to go outdoor and get natural daylight, exercise and sleep well. More details can be found here.
Just in case going out is not an option, do not worry. Grab your ThermaXtrim Slimming Pants, do some warm up and keep moving at home. Climbing stairs up and down, doing a few push ups either with hands on floor or supported on walls, few sit ups or just doing 10-15 minutes of on-the-spot jogging would still help you to burn those calories and keep you engaged and motivated in your quest for staying fit and healthy. #mylifemyquest