(by Katie Forster - Naturopath)
As you might recall from previous blogs I've written, when we're talking about good health, in my opinion it all comes back to diet. Getting through winter without experiencing a cold or flu is definitely possible, but sometimes even the healthiest people can catch a cold! Obviously, drinking plenty of water to remove waste from the body is super important. If you find it challenging to remember to drink water when it's cold why not try ginger and lemon tea to stimulate the liver and help eliminate toxins? It is warming and has immune boosting properties!
As we head towards spring (hooray!) I highly recommend introducing these foods into your daily diet to keep you healthy:
Garlic : one of the most ancient herbs, garlic has been used since the beginning of documented history for both medicinal and culinary purposes. As well as inducing white blood cell activity, garlic stimulates the release of important cytokines and stimulates the proliferation of lymphocytes and the activity of natural killer cells!
Mushrooms : add some exotic varieties to your diet (think reishi, shiitake, enoki and oyster) - not only are they medicinal but they taste great. Mushrooms are potent immune enhancers and they have an anti-inflammatory effect. Add to soups, stir fries and slow cooked bone broths and stews.
Berries : such a rich source of potent antioxidants, do not under-estimate the humble berry! Blackberries, raspberries, blueberries and blackcurrants are full of vitamins and make a great start to a wintry morning's breakfast as a topping on organic oat porridge.
Come and see me for some advice as to simple steps you can take to kick start great health and vitality in spring!
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