- Winter is the breeding ground for bugs and viruses, we all get the sniffles, but this year so many friends and family spent the time they had off over Christmas either in bed or in isolation waiting to see if they had Covid.
So does the advice I would give clients in the winter still hold true with what we are facing right now? The simple answer is yes (with a few tweaks)
If we look at the symptoms of the latest variant of the Covid virus, they are upper respiratory in nature, affecting the upper lungs, throat and sinuses, leaving you feeling lethargic. Now I am not selling a cure here, but by making sure you are getting in the nutrients scientifically known to support the immune system and the upper respiratory system you can have a positive impact on the level of symptoms you might experience.
Here are my top 5 nutrients, what foods they are in and why they are important:
- D3 is more efficient than D2.
It is vitally important for immune function
- Take as a sublingual supplement
Adults 4000iU (no more)
- Vitamin C is probably the most widely studied nutrient in connection to the immune system.
- Found in:
Green & red peppers
- Elderberry is specifically linked to lung issues, has anti-viral properties and looks like the lungs
- Elderberry jam
- Local honeys can help but Manuka honey has been found a more potent anti-viral
- Manuka honey
Polyphenols - antioxidants
- Helps to fight the inflammation caused.
Polyphenols have been shown in studies to reduce damage to the lungs
- Pomegranate specifically. The pomegranate looks like the lungs when you cut a cross section
A simple way to think about food and health is:
You can either fuel your body or you can feed the disease.
So this winter try to include these foods to help your body fight whatever bugs and viruses come its way!
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Carina Kennedy was formerly a Nurse, now a Nutritional Therapist and Herbalist living in the west of Ireland. Her passion is food, health and teaching clients to gain control of their life with simple techniques.