We all need to boost our immunity over the coming cold season and you can do this really effectively by adding some so-called ‘superfoods’ into your diet. Good nutrition can really ward off infection and create a natural defence against colds and flus. 1. Ginger Contains anti-inflammatory compounds and phenols. Will help sweat out toxins which is helpful if you have a cold or flu. Also soothing for a sore throat and cough. 2. Citrus Fruits They are all rich in vitamin C, one of the most important antioxidants, and are a powerhouse of nutrients. 3. Mushrooms They have immune-boosting antioxidants, potassium, vitamin B and fibre. I love shiitake mushrooms which have a great source of iron. 4. Leafy Greens The darker the leaves, the higher the nutrient content. So, choose kale over iceberg for a great cold and flu defence. 5. Dark Chocolate Pure cocoa is packed with disease-fighting antioxidants and zinc. Just eat in moderation, maybe just a couple of bite-sized portions as you don’t want the sugar and fat to undo all the good work. Look out for a 70% or higher in cocoa content. There are loads of ideas on how to incorporate these ingredients in Eat Clean: Wok Yourself to Health from revitalising oatmeal to warming ginger broths and gut-cleansing breakfast shakes. Keep healthy! Love, Ching x
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