The natural ways to give your immune system a boost

Stay protected from colds and flu by strengthening my immune system naturally with immune-boosting foods and nutritional supplements.

Raw garlic in the diet is very beneficial, however cooking garlic can destroy some of its health-promoting compounds. One way to get around this problem is to take Kyolic aged garlic extract. The natural ageing process increases antioxidant levels and enhances garlic's immune boosting powers. It also has the added benefit of being odourless.

Vitamin C is an extremely important nutrient for boosting immunity. Include plenty of foods high in vitamin C in the diet, including fresh fruits and veggies, especially citrus fruits, kiwi fruit, strawberries, broccoli, cabbage and parsley. A vitamin C supplement is also recommended to ward off colds and flu.

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 and sunflower and pumpkin seeds and can also be taken in supplement form.

Spirulina is a sea algae that is considered a superfood due to its extraordinary health-promoting elements. Taken in capsule or tablet form, Spirulina can stimulate immune function; it's rich in nutrients such as iron and selenium which act as powerful antioxidants in the body.

More great immune-boosting foods that should be included in the diet include miso, ginger, garlic, onion, yoghurt, green tea and seaweed. A good healthy diet is fundamental to good health and a strong immune system. A majority of your diet should be made up of unprocessed, natural foods such as fresh fruits, veggies, legumes, wholegrains, nuts and seeds.

Having a well-balanced diet will supply you with all the essential nutrients your body needs for a healthy immune system - including zinc, vitamin A and C, selenium and iron - which are crucial elements to our all-round wellbeing. For more details or personalised recommendations on how you can improve your immune system and overall health, contact High Street Natural Health to book an appointment with Aurora. 

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