Winter is a time when cold and> flu bugs are everywhere. I have managed to fend off the dreaded lurgy for the most part so far but have come down with a bit of a cold over the past few days. I generally lead a healthy life, but feeling a little under the weather led me to look into foods that may help boost my immune system so I can fight these germs!!! Hence today’s post, a list of foods/spices that may help boost your immune system over the coming months.

Garlic
Garlic contains a compound called Allicin, which is said to have antibacterial and> antiviral properties – helping the body fight and> prevent infections. Evidence shows that eating garlic at the onset of a cold could help you heal quicker, so as soon as you feel a cold coming on get the garlic in and> Remember fresh is best!

Mushrooms
Mushrooms are often overlooked when it comes to super foods or immune boosting foods, but they have long been used to help boost our immune systems. They can help to increase the production and> activity of white blood cells, which helps fight illness. Shiitake, maitake, and> reishi mushrooms appear to be the best for immune boosting properties.

Yoghurt
Probiotics or “live active cultures” found in some yoghurts are friendly bacteria that the body needs to keep our gut and> digestive tract functioning well. Lactobacillus acidophilus is one of these friendly bacteria so look for yoghurt containing this.

Berries
Berries, and> blueberries in particular contain high levels of antioxidants which are great to help fight disease including cold/flu viruses.

Cinnamon
Adding a teaspoon of cinnamon to your morning porridge or even coffee could help when fending off the dreaded lurgy, it contains high levels of antioxidants which as with berries help boost our immune system and> improve all round health!

Tea
I am not a massive tea drinker myself, I tend to go for green tea or herbal teas when I want a hot drink that isn’t coffee! But studies done by Harvard University have shown that drinking at least 5 cups of black tea daily for two weeks has a profound effect on our immune system. This is believed to be down to the theanine levels in tea.

There are other foods said to help with boosting our immune system, but I feel these come up trumps and> can easily be incorporated into your diet without too much fuss. I hope you have found this useful and> if you don’t already include these foods in your diet start today and> hopefully you can fight off any infections over the winter.