Winter Has Come! Here Are the Super Foods That Will Give Your Immune System An Extra Boost!18 January 2018
With January knocking on our door and busting through our lives, temperatures are much lower. And this is just a sad fact that we cutie pies have strong enough immune systems to resist the cold. The best thing to do is to protect ourselves by consume plenty of vitamins and healthy nutrients. Let’s see what we should use and how we should use them to protect ourselves from sicknesses!
First thing is first when it comes to immune system: Vitamin C!
To protect yourself from the flu and the common cold, it’s crucial that you meet your daily vitamin C need. When I tell you these things, I know that you instantly think of oranges. But the fact is, there are foods that are much higher in vitamin C. We can count red pepper, kiwi, pineapple, turnip radish, kale, and broccoli as good examples.
Probiotic as a reinforcement to protect your bowel health!
To protect our bowels which are now called as our second brains, probiotics are very important for protecting them during seasonal changes and menstrual cycles. You can find probiotics in powder and pill forms as well you can get this supplement with foods. My recommendation to you is; every night, two hours before going to bed, drink a glass of kefir and clean your bowels through the night thanks to that glass of kefir.
To keep the balance of liquid electrolite, water is necessary!
I can already hear you saying “How can I even drink 2 litres a day during winter, I don’t even want it.” But your body needs water no matter which season is. Especially during that transition period to winter months, our bodies are prone to hold water. To prevent this, we should take extra care when it comes to drinking water. Alright, how will you know if you drink enough water? The best way to see this is to look at your urine colour after bathroom breaks. If you drink enough water, your urine’s colour will be clear and light. If it’s darker colour and with consistency, this is a sign that your body needs water.
B12 to protect yourself from brain and nervous system sicknesses!
Foods that are rich in B12 carry big importance when it comes to forgetfulness, attention deficiency and lack of concentration. Animal-based proteins like fish, liver and cow meat are rich in vitamin B12. My recommendation to you is to eat sea food twice a week. Good thing that we’re in fish season.
Are you always tired because you’re low on iron?
Iron deficiency is quite common in our country and it’s higher in women than men. Especially during menstruation, due to severe discharge and blood loss, iron stores in our bodies decrease immensely. To give examples to the foods that are rich in iron, we can give dried apricots, raisins, molasses, liver, eggs, cabbage and almonds. Checking your blood levels every three months in a health clinic is good for controlling the deficiencies in your body.
Antioxidant vitamin E!
Vitamin E releases our toxins from our bodies and decrease the negative effects. In sum, it has the ability to clear our bodies like the perfect antioxidant that is. It’s rich in natural oils like almond, soya oil, olive. Here’s a recommendation from me: You can also use this vitamin as a moisturizer on your body.
Lower the vitamin loss to the minimum!
When the vegetables and fruits are cooked, the vitamins and minerals are in them are either gone with heat or they’re transferred to the water that they’re cooked in. Especially vitamin B and C are lost most quickly with heat. To keep the loss of vitamin to minimum, you can cook winter vegetables with green leaves like spinach, broccoli, cauliflower and cabbage.
Protect yourself from infections by consuming propolis!
According to the researches, when it’s taken regularly, propolis protects the body through seasonal changes, prevents upper respiratory tract infections and boosts your immune system. You can take propolis by adding it to your yoghurt or warm herbal tea between meals.
Sweetie! There’s another thing that you should never forget! Taking precautions by eating healthy is much simpler than treating the sicknesses that come your way. 🙂
Written by: Dietitian Merve Gedikli