Our precious immune systems are the bodies defence system against harmful invaders. Many day-to-day encounters can challenge the immune system and stimulate a natural response. There are a variety of things that can decrease the immunity in our systems, such as an overuse and exposure to chemicals in our environment, anxiety and stress are very common. Winter is one of those times as the temperature plummets that can cause our bodies stress and we tend to see a higher account of the flu in particular.
How can Food boost your immune system
As winter brings the cold mornings and chilly nights this can start to decrease our immune systems. And with that sometimes comes sickness. The cold and flu season will be in full force and there will be times we just won’t want to leave the house. Leading up to winter and throughout the season it is a good idea to try and boost your immune system. There are many ways we can do this with food and just being conscious about what ingredients we use. So, when the sickness does start to show themselves, your body is ready to fight them off.
Here is a great list of ingredients that you can couple with your GF Oats to boost that immune system this winter. You can add them to your porridge, birchers or a smoothie.
Adding berries and assorted fruits to your oats is a great way to boost your immune system. Berries are a great source of antioxidants and are not only great for you – they taste great on the top of your oats. Banana is also another favourite on your oats and is great for boosting your immune system.
Nuts and Seeds
Adding nuts and seeds to your oats not only gives a nice crunchy touch to your meal but it also helps you to boost the amount of protein that you are taking in throughout your diet. The added protein of the nuts and seeds will help with the building of your immune system.
Adding a probiotic to your bowl of oats or smoothie bowl is a great idea as well. You see oats contain the prebiotics you need to feed the good bacteria in the probiotics. You can purchase probiotic drinks or powder from most supermarkets and health foods stores.
Honey is in my opinion the most magical food. It has so many benefits for the mind and body and is a great medicinal food. Using honey in your smoothies, smoothie bowls and simply drizzled on top of your morning oats is a great way to help increase your immune system.
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Experiment with different foods and find flavours that suit you and that you enjoy eating.
Happy winter and happy eating!