JUICING AWAY COLDS AND THE FLU OVER WINTER
Winter is an enjoyable season,AND IF YOU HAVE CHILDREN YOU KNOW WHAT I’M REFERRING TO, THE COLD AND FLU SEASON is alarming in winter! AS I SIT IN A CAFE SURROUNDED BY FAMILIES I cannot HELP BUT NOTICE THE NUMBER OF SNOTTY NOSES, COUGHS AND SNEEZES ALL AROUND, BUT HOW CAN WE PROTECT OURSELVES AGAINST IT AND IF WE DO CATCH A COLD, WHAT CAN WE DO TO FIGHT IT OFF AS QUICKLY AS POSSIBLE?
So how can we decrease chances of picking up a nasty bug without locking yourself away in an airtight house? I have found that juicing daily from best masticating juicers with a high quantity of fruits and vegetables that are high in antioxidants, vitamin C, and consuming foods high in the fat-soluble vitamin D3 decreases the chances of getting cold and flu. Vitamin C, D,E can be easily found in vegetables and fruits including sweet peppers, kiwi, oranges, strawberries, cantaloupe, broccoli, pineapple, mango, Apples,Citrus,nectarines, apricots, peaches, raspberries, blueberries, Melons and kale just to name a few. Goji berries are also a delicious snack and are a rich source of Vitamin C.
Get out in the sunshine; it is the very best source of D3! We tend to cover up ourselves and our children up, whether it is lathering in sunscreen or to cover in clothing and the result is a lack of exposure leading to low levels of vitamin D3. Apparently, I am not advocating laying in the sun sizzling away, but I do regularly waiting a bit before sun cream application, the amount of uncovered sun exposure that optimises each person’s vitamin D3 levels varies according to skin type, time of day and season.
Vitamin D3 is linked to the absorption of calcium and also regulates phosphorus levels. Also, Vitamin D3 has connected to a robust immune system,and as a result, it is a highly effective way to avoid the flu or common cold. So where can we find it besides in the sun? Vitamin D3 is found in fish oils, fatty fish, salmon, and mushrooms and particular Portobello mushrooms, cheese,and eggs. Many pieces of bread, cereals,and dairy products are also fortified with D3 and some olive oils, check the labels.
Adding Chai seeds to your daily smoothies can optimise hydration,and a hydrated body is less likely to catch those nasty bugs. When we are well hydrated, our bodiescan transport nutrients around our bodies efficiently and ensure that bugs cannot quickly become established.
At this busy time of year, it can be tempting to shortchange our systems of the sleep we need, ensure you get the rest your body needs to recharge after a festive filled day!
Fighting against flue can be the worst nightmare,but I found the best recipe for a smoothie that can help you to fight the flue without any worry.
Immune Booster Smoothie
In your juicer:
1/2 pineapple – skins
1/2 bag kale
a chunk of ginger root
Then pour into a blender
1/2 an avocado
10 strawberries (or berries of your choice)
Blend in your smoothie maker and enjoy!
To increase your Vitamin B3 levels why not try a Portobello mushroom burger with some spice homemade salsa and guacamole?
-finely chopped tomatoes, white onion, fresh coriander tossed with fresh red chilli, olive oil, sea salt and cracked pepper.
blender 3-4 avocados with olive oil, lemons, coriander, tomatoes, sea salt and cracked pepper
Grill your portabello mushrooms in a little coconut oil and toast a bun of choice before building a yummy nutrient-rich meal.
Above mentioned recipes will increase your immune system and will help you to recover from flu etc quickly.