Strengthen your immune system naturally with immune-boosting foods and nutritional supplements!
There are some key herbs that naturopaths and herbalists commonly use to strengthen the immune system and offer protection against colds and flu, including astragalus, andrographis, Echinacea and olive leaf.
A healthy diet is very important for good health and a strong immune system. A majority of your diet should be made up of unprocessed, natural foods such as fresh fruits, vegetables, legumes, whole grains, nuts and seeds which will supply you with all the essential nutrients your body needs for a healthy immune system such as zinc, vitamin A and C, selenium and iron.
I always include a broad variety of foods and natural juices to ensure I am complimenting my efforts in the gym with the best possible energy levels and getting the best recovery also. We put our bodies under some serious stress when we train hard, which may mean that we need to boost our intake by supplementing our diet.
If you are lacking in some of these nutrients, I strongly recommend for you to have a look at our Vitamin range to keep your body in top condition during all seasons and every training session!
Below are some of the healthy super foods and supplements that can keep you healthy all year round:
- Raw garlic in the diet is very beneficial – it is great in cooking and increases antioxidant levels and enhances our immune system function!
- Zinc is another important mineral needed for healthy immune function. Zinc is found in foods such as red meat, chicken, fish, dairy foods, eggs, legumes, sunflower and pumpkin seeds. Taking a zinc supplement is also beneficial, around 45mg a day, keep below 100mg per day to avoid any unwanted effects. ZMA is a common formula which also includes a dose of magnesium and vitamin B-6.
- Vitamin C is an extremely important nutrient for boosting immunity. Include plenty of foods high in vitamin C in the diet - fresh fruits and vegetables, especially citrus fruits, kiwi fruit, strawberries, broccoli, cabbage and parsley. A vitamin C supplement is also recommended to ward off colds and flu, take around 2-3 g a day!
- More great immune-boosting foods that should be included in the diet include ginger, garlic, onion, yoghurt, green tea and seaweed.