Feed Your Immune System

The long dark nights, wind and rain confirm that we are heading into winter. All around me, people are coming down with coughs and colds. In spite of their generosity in sharing – I don’t want one! Do you?

Did you know that most of your immune system is in your gut? Your susceptibility to disease can be affected by what you eat and drink. So when my husbChickenand came down with a cold, I reached for echinacea, wheatgrass and vegetable juices and coconut oil. Then I cooked up some of James Wong’s special chicken soup for colds including garlic, ginger, chillies. Effective and delicious.

To strengthen your immune system, eat more:

  • Oily fish and eggs for vitamin D. Among its many health benefits, vitamin D primes our T cells. Your skin makes it for you in the summer sunshine but I live far toFisho far north to make much at this time of year so I take it as a seasonal supplement.
  • Vegetables – they give you lots of vitamins,Cauli minerals, enzymes and antioxidants plus fibre to feed the good bacteria in your gut.

  • Coconut oil – has anti-bacterial and anti-viral properties.

  • Live natural yoghurt and fermented vegetables repopulate your good bacteria.

Avoid:

  • Sugar – it feeds bad bacteria, unbalancing your system.

  • Processed food – you want your body to fight infection, not use all its energy fighting bad food.

  • Alcohol.

Other tips:

  • Eat right for your metabolic type (I can test if you don’t know)

  • Get lots of sleep to make the powerful anti-oxidant melatonin.

  • Exercise, especially out in the fresh air (but not vigorously once you have a cold).

  • Give up smoking.

  • Manage stress.

Top tip: Eat well to protect your health.