22 Sep 2010

BOOSTING YOUR IMMUNE SYSTEM FOR THE WINTER

BOOSTING YOUR IMMUNE SYSTEM FOR THE WINTER


Winter is coming and your immune systems is gonna take a beating so why not improve it a bit to help you get through those cold nights and stressful days.

Here are some things that affect your immune system,

Being run down, sleep deprived or stress.
If your like this then this could be the reason why your suffering from more infections.

If your on a diet and its less then 1200 calories per day. 
Your not getting enough nutrients and minerals to help protect you.

A high intake of saturated fats.

Excessive exercise. Make sure you take enough rest between days.

A Low intake of Protein.

These are just a few of the reasons your immune system is affected.
All nutrients are involved in the immune system but some are seen to have a direct role than the others.

Here is a list of foods to keep in mind when planning out your meals,
Eggs, Liver but not everyone is a big lover of this and I’m one of them,apricots, sweet potato this is also good for a slow release of carbs, red and orange peppers , Chicken, Lamb, Berries not that the birds eat, Cabbage, Lemons and Limes, Soft fruits, Seafood, Tuna, Olive oil, Avocados, Brown rice, Salmon, Brazil nuts which are ideal for a snack, green and white tea which i have to say don’t taste very nice,tomatoes, yoghurt. Etc..

As you can see there are a number of foods that you can choose and there are many more but here is an example of a menu you could consider for a day :

Breakfast : plain yoghurt with blueberries and pumpkin seeds

Morning snack : oakcake with salmon pate

Lunch : salad with steamed asparagus, mixed salad leaves, soft boiled egg, sliced yellow and red peppers, sesame seeds, dressing- plain yoghurt mixed with lemon juice olive oil and crushed garlic.

Afternoon snack: soft fruits mixed with flaked almonds

Dinner: grilled chicken or king prawns, steamed cauliflower broccoli and brown rice.

Hope it goes well Matt 

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