With the weather cooling down many families start to wonder not if, but WHEN winter illness will strike, and whether there is anything they can do to support the health of their children (and themselves!). Thankfully, one of the most effective ways to support our immunity is through the food that we eat - something that we have the opportunity to do many times a day! And don’t stress. This doesn’t have to be complicated - in fact some of the most powerful foods and practices are so simple they are often overlooked.
Vitamin D ☀️
This important nutrient plays a crucial role in the functioning of our immune system and health of our mucous membranes. During the winter months our exposure to vitamin D from the sun may be limited, so focusing on incorporating more food sources (and supplements if required) is ideal. Our best food sources include oily fish such as salmon and sardines, pasture raised eggs and mushrooms which have been exposed to sunlight! ☀️
Manuka Honey 🍯
Eat the rainbow 🌈
As simple as it sounds, remember that our health is reliant on many nutrients and other compounds for proper functioning, and there isn’t one magic food. By focusing on a varied, nutrient dense whole food diet, incorporating a range of coloured fruits and vegetables as well as quality protein sources you will be ensuring that you and your family are consuming an abundance of essential vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants needed for healthy immune function.
Winter is a time when our immune system requires a little bit of extra TLC. By embracing the concept of food as medicine and focusing on a varied, nutrient dense diet, we can support our body's natural defenses and enjoy some delicious food while we are at it!
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