5 More Foods To Boost Your Immune System During Winter
Winter is well and truly here and as the temperatures drops and the cold sets in, our immune systems can become more vulnerable. The colder months are unfortunately a hotbed for viruses, especially the common cold.
As you retreat indoors for warmth, you end up spending more time in rooms with the windows shut, and the poor ventilation keeps germs lingering in the air. The harsher weather also wears down your defences against infection, and less sunlight means we also get less natural vitamin D, which helps to fuel your immune system. Even the cold virus transfers from person to person far faster in the cold. Luckily though, there are ways to combat the winter woes and keep your body fighting off infection, and it starts with your food.
We’ve previously touched on 5 fantastic foods that can give your immune system a boost during the winter months. This time we’ve got 5 more excellent examples of immune enhancing foods that you can start incorporating into your healthy meal prep plans.
#1 – Prepare with some red bell pepper
Red bell peppers can really get your immune system ready for the colder climate, as ounce for ounce contain twice as much vitamin C as citrus fruit. Vitamin C can not only bolster your immune system, it can greatly improve your body’s iron absorption. Red peppers are packed with antioxidants, and can also help you to maintain healthy skin and eyes, so it’s a good idea to pack some peppers into your meal prep.
#2 – Get some spectacular spinach
Spinach isn’t just the source of Popeye’s super strength, it’s also crammed with antioxidants and beta carotene, which helps your immune system to better fight off infection. It’s also rich in iron, which plays a key part in improving the function of red blood cells, helping them to transport oxygen around the body. From vitamin A to C, and manganese to magnesium, spinach is bursting with nutritional qualities. It has the ability to restore your energy, fight fatigue and can make your immune system stronger than ever.
#3 – Treat yourself to turmeric
Turmeric is a key ingredient in curry powder, with its orange colour, but this bitter spice has also been used for years to treat inflammation, osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. It has the ability to help your body fight off foreign invaders and can even help it to better repair muscle tissue. In fact, turmeric gets its distinctive colour from having a high concentration of curcumin, which can actually decrease any damage to your muscles during exercise. It’s anti-inflammatory properties can help to combat a number of common diseases that are linked to chronic inflammation.
#4 – Pick up some perfect poultry
How many times have you had some chicken soup to make you feel a bit better when you’ve been under the weather? It’s actually more than just a placebo, because chicken is so nutrient rich, and so packed with protein, it can actually improve common cold symptoms and help to prevent you from getting sick all together. Poultry is loaded with vitamins, such as B-6, which plays a role in the formation of new and healthy red blood cells. The nutrients found in a soup made from boiling chicken bones can also boost gut healing and immunity.
#5 – Include a piece of papaya
Papaya is a delicious fruit, and just a single papaya can contain copious amounts of Vitamin C, making it hugely beneficial for your immune system. The fruit is loaded with potassium, B vitamins, and fibre, which can all help to improve your overall health and wellbeing. It also contains papain, a digestive enzyme, which has anti-inflammatory properties.
At Prep Perfect, we want you to feel as healthy as possible over the dark and dismal winter months. Our healthy meal prep delivery can bring all the immune boosting nutrients your body needs, straight to your door. Choose from anyone of our fresh, tailored and delicious meal prep plans today.