Boost your immunity

As we prepare for the winter season, winter proofing our cars and homes, there is one area many of us forget.

Our Bodies.

Dodging the dreaded cold and flu bugs becomes part of our everyday lives at this time of year but there are some easy ways to help boost your immune system.

Here are five simple yet effective ways which you can give yourself the best chance of staying well this winter.

Vitamin C

We all know that vitamin C is a great way to fight off colds and flu but did you know why? It helps the production of white blood cells and antibodies which fight off the infection. Adding more fruit to your diet which is high in Vitamin C is a great way to boost your immunity or alternatively you could take a supplement.

Immunity Boosters: Vitamin C Gargling

Gargling

In Japan, people gargle with water three times a day and a study found that people who gargle daily had 36% fewer colds than those that didn’t. It is thought that this helps to clear the mucus and viruses from the back of the throat.

Echinacea

Like Vitamin C, Echinacea helps to boost the production of white blood cells but also has anti-fungal and antibiotic properties as well as soothing inflammation. For it to be really effective you need to start taking it eight weeks before the cold season begins but if used for long periods, it can lose its effectiveness.

Immunity Booster: Honey

Garlic

A great immune booster, with antiviral, antibacterial and antifungal properties. It is most effective when eaten raw, the part that actually fights infection in the allicin compound , which gives the garlic its strong smell. Grate it into soups or rub it on toast or take a supplement if you don’t like the taste.

Honey

Raw honey is the ultimate super-food and Manuka honey is particularly powerful in helping boost your immunity. A great way to have your daily dose of honey is to add it to a pot of natural yoghurt, especially yoghurt that has ‘live’ or ‘active’ cultures as they themselves are immune boosters.

And if the worst comes to the worst and you do come down with a cold or flu, check out these remedies that actually work

 

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14 Comment

  1. I do like using home remedies too especially for the cold. Might try one of yours! 🙂

  2. I’ve been taking a lot of vitamin C’s ,it’s pretty helpful for me!
    I had no idea Garlic and Honey helps too, so I’d definitely keep them in mind , thanks for sharing 🙂

  3. Beautiful photos! I stock up on honey during the colder months. I’ve never considered gargling to be an immunity booster, and find that so interesting! Thanks for these tips!

  4. Joanna says: Reply

    Great post I always catch colds etc this time of year so it’s important I try boost my immune system. I do finding using home remedies work well for us.

  5. Fab suggestions! You can’t beat the home remedies. We have plenty of garlic in our house! 🙂

  6. Jon says: Reply

    Great post this! Vit C is important no matter what the time of the year when it comes to boosting your immune system!

  7. Great post. I hate it when the kids come home from school with colds around this time of year. You have reminded me, I must stock up on vitamin C 🙂

  8. this post is great! I recently wrote one about natural remedies for flu and some of these are included 🙂 x

  9. I am so bunged up and run down this winter, I definitely need some more Vitamin C in my diet.

  10. andrea says: Reply

    I love using home remedies. thanks for sharing yours; I added a few to my list of remedies. Stay well and have a Happy Holiday season

  11. I love raw honey. It is so useful to have in the house.

  12. Rachel says: Reply

    I am more of a home remedies kind of person rather than a walk into Boots and buy everything off the shelf x

  13. Kara says: Reply

    Honey and ginger tea is also brilliant for coughs and colds

  14. yvonne says: Reply

    A hot lemon and honey drink is the best when you are feeling poorly! I am a huge fan of Echinacea as well, I think it really helps. x

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