The news tells us that this year is one of the worst flu seasons.
A good time to think about our gut health. Our gut is not only our first-line defence when pathogens enter our body through our mouth, but also contain Gut-associated lymphoid tissue (GALT) which are a big part of our body’s immune defence.
A good gut function will also ensure that we are absorbing all the good nutrients we need for our immune system to function.
Here are some tips to get you through winter healthy:
=> Incorporate a lot of veggies into your diet for the important immune nutrients. A bone broth soup is an easy way to do that and will also provide you with gelatine, a great gut healing protein.
=> Add garlic in your cooking, which has antimicrobial properties.
=> Fibre, fibre, fibre – feed your best friends in the gut – the microbiome. They are great warriors that help you defend your body.
Fibre is found in veggies, fruit, nuts & seeds, legumes, wholegrains.
=> Wash your hands before eating.
=> Practise intermittent fasting to improve your immune system. By not eating any nutrients during 12 to 16 hours you will also give your gut a good break.
=> Enjoy some fresh air & sunshine and make your vitamin D.
=> Minimise sugar and mucus forming foods (dairy, bananas, chocolate) intake.
=> If your throat feels sore, gargle immediately with salt water which is antimicrobial.
=> Make sure you get plenty of sleep.