How to kick winters butt.. the natural way

11th Nov 2016

How to kick winters butt.. the natural way

Posted by Gym Freaks on 11th Nov 2016 | 0 comments

Sometimes winter seems like the never ending cycle of coughs and colds, and dodging co-workers sniffling at work. But there are a few natural ways that you can help keep those colds and flu at bay, and what’s more they’re good for us too!

How to kick winters butt.. the natural way

Vitamin C

Known for a long time as a crucial part of the immune system, Vitamin C can be found naturally in many fruits and vegetables. 

  • Grapefruit
  • Oranges
  • Clementines
  • Lemons
  • Limes
  • Peppers
  • Broccoli
  • Spinach 

 Vitamin C helps the immune system by attacking the nuclei acid of the virus. The anti oxidant fights with the enemy bacteria until hopefully they overcome it and it dies. Vitamin C can also act as a block against free radicals in the body by neutralising them and helping to reduce attack by these invading microbes. Playing an important role in bone health Vitamin C also plays a key role in the connective tissues of our bones. The stronger the tissues and more they can resist invasion. 

 Garlic

Though some may not thank you for it, there is a huge health benefit to eating 1 clove of garlic per day. Each clove contains 5mg of calcium, 12mg of Potassium, and a huge 100 sulphuric compounds, which is powerful enough to fight and wipe out bacteria and infection. It is also known for lowering blood pressure, cholesterol and killing parasites in the body. 

 Tea

Tea, both black and green contains L-theanine, an amino acid which is responsible for increasing the amount of virus interferon in a persons blood. 

 Beef

Beef contains a good source of Zinc, which is very important for the production of white blood cells in the body. These white blood cells help to recognise and destroy viruses and bacteria that enter the body. 

 Oats and Barley 

These everyday foods contain Beta Glucan which is a type of Fibre. This particular type of fibre contains antioxidant and antimicrobial propertys which have been said to be more potent than echinacea. 

 Mushrooms

Mushrooms also contain key nutrients which play a key role in the production of white blood cels, helping to make them more aggressive against invading viruses. 

 Sweet Potatoes 

Sweet Potatoes contain Beta Carotene which in turn produces Vitamin A in the body, this Vitamin A plays a huge role in the production of connective tissues, a key component of the skin, your primary defence against invasions. 

 

 We hope some of these will make it into your everyday meals, and will help to keep you fit and healthy. If anybody has any other tips or recipes feel free to post them in the comments below!

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