Health, Motivation, Nutrition

How to not get poorly over Christmas….

It’s getting to that time of year again, where it’s getting dark earlier, it’s getting wetter and colder, and generally greyer.

And it’s getting to that time of year where I see all sorts of tweets and Facebook posts saying how poorly someone is, or how they have been off work with a cold etc.

So this post is to help give your immune system a bit of a boost to keep those sniffles at bay.

First of all let’s cover something a little more obvious than what’s in the rest of this post:

  • Keep warm.

It’s an oldie but a goldie 🙂


Next I’m going to list a few foods that have been shown to increase your immune system.  And the stronger that is, the easier it will for your body to fight off any rampaging viruses that are already rearing their heads this winter.

  • Garlic
  • Probiotic yoghurt (and I’m talking Total 0% here, not heavily pasteurised, processed ones)
  • Dark Green veggies (these will help populate the healthy bacteria in your gut and increase your immune response)
  • Protein (this is possibly a lesser known immune improving food source but there are studies out there that show that diets higher in protein are linked to a stronger immune system)
  • Homemade chicken soup
  • Adding ginger to your foods
  • Adding spices to your foods
  • Adding black pepper to your foods
  • Drinking Green & Herbal teas

Next I’m going to list foods that are best to be left out of your diet:

  • Any food that has been processed and has a label full of ingredients you can’t pronounce

Simple yet hugely effective.  Over consumption of alcohol will have a very detrimental effect as well.

As you can see, this isn’t rocket science; it’s about eating plenty of warm whole foods and leaving the garbage out.  Full stop.

If you eat the crappy stuff, and get poorly, don’t go moaning about it after I’ve told you what can help and you’ve ignored it.


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