It’s that time of the year when stress levels increase, temperatures decrease and the cold and flu bugs are doing the rounds.

Answers the questions below to see whether your immune system needs additional support.

– I get more than 3 colds a year

– I get a stomach bug each year

– I find it hard to shift an infection (e.g. a cold)

– I am prone to thrush

– I suffer from allergies

– I suffer from inflammatory disease (e.g. eczema, asthma, arthritis)

– I take medication

If you answered yes to 3 or more, your immune system needs additional support.

What your body needs:

Immune boosting nutrients – Our bodies our dependent on an optimal intake of  vitamins and minerals – A, B’s, Folic acid, C, E, iron, magnesium and selenium

Bulking up on antioxidants and Vitamin C, help us fight off infection.

* Vitamin C – Natural anti-viral and anti-bacterial.

Food sources include carrots, broccoli, watercress, cauliflower, peppers, berries, kiwi, citrus fruit

Garlic is a great food source antioxidant, anti-viral, anti-fungal and anti-bacterial.  Try to have garlic every day. If you don’t enjoy garlic, you could consider taking garlic capsules.

Probiotics – nature’s antibiotics. Our balance of bacteria plays an important role in fighting off infection.

Good food sources of probiotics include natural yoghurt  and fermented foods.

Share your immune boosting rips or other healthy habits on my Facebook group – Healthy Habits

Yours in good health

Fiona/ Into Nutrition