Winter is upon us and with that, a lowered immunity as a result of the drop in temperature. If you have simply resigned to the fact that you will get the flu this winter, there could be one thing you are forgetting – your diet.
The first thing you should start looking at when your immunity is low are the things you eat.
Breakfast may have you reaching for warm, calorie-dense and carbohydrate-based foods, which is great for warming you up, but not so great for fighting off nasty, unwanted flu.
Introducing the Immune Support Mix from Montagu, a tasty mix that supports your immune system. This versatile mix can be added to muffins, rusks, smoothies, muesli, or salads.
The tasty mix is high in copper which contributes to the normal functioning of the immune system. It is also high in fibre, naturally cholesterol-free, low in sodium and high in energy.
What’s in the Montagu Immune Support Mix?
When developing the Immune Support Mix, careful consideration was taken to ensure all types of immune fighting properties were included.
With 70% of the entire immune system found in the gut, it’s clear that you are what you eat.
The first step to support your immunity should be to introduce foods in your diet that will allow you to reap the full benefits of a healthy gut and a raised and an impenetrable immune system.
Immune Support Mix ingredients
- Sunflower seeds,
- Pumpkin seeds,
- Ginger cubes,
- Goji berries and
- Cacao nibs
Immune Support Mix health benefits
Health benefits of sunflower seeds and pumpkin seeds:
- Sunflower seeds (30-40 g serving) are a source of Vitamin B6 and zinc, both which are necessary for the normal functioning of the immune system. Vitamin B6 also contributes to the reduction of tiredness and fatigue.
- Pumpkin seeds (30-40 g serving) are high in zinc. Zinc is necessary for the normal functioning of the immune system.
Health benefits of cranberries:
- Cranberries are high in energy and fibre.
- Cranberries are virtually free of sodium and ‘bad’ cholesterol.
- They carry antibiotic properties that reduce the risk of infection.
Health benefits of almonds:
- Almonds are a source of Vitamin B2 which helps with the production of immune cells to fight infection. It also contributes to the reduction of tiredness and fatigue.
- Almonds are a source of zinc which helps your body to sustain a strong immune system to fight colds and flu.
Health benefits of ginger:
- aids digestion of food
- has been shown to contain cancer-fighting properties
- helps reduce nausea, dizziness and vomiting
- helps treat ‘morning sickness‘ in pregnant women
- is a natural anti-inflammatory
- helps boost the immune system
- has been shown to reduce muscle pain
Health benefits of cacao:
- Cacao nibs are less refined than cocoa powder and are therefore more nutritionally potent
- Cacao nibs are high in flavonoids – antioxidants that are known to rid the body of free radicals and unwanted bodies like viruses
Don’t fall into the trap of ‘winter eating’
Why do we eat so much more in the winter? Well, besides the fact that we are expending energy while shivering, healthy eating during the winter can be difficult for a much darker reason – a lack of sunlight.
As winter evenings arrive much more speedily than in the summer, we are exposed to less sun which can lead to a drop in serotonin. This neurotransmitter is primarily found in the gastrointestinal tract, blood platelets and the central nervous system and is regarded as a chemical responsible for maintaining mood balance.
Dr. Joseph Mercola is an alternative medicine advocate and osteopathic physician. He likens your gut to “your second brain” as it is created from the identical tissue as your brain during gestation.
A drop in immunity can cause depression and food cravings, so it is vital to choose foods that boost immunity and avoid empty or extra calories. Instead, opt for healthy foods that provide energy and protection against potentially harmful pathogens lurking in the air.
Mix the Immune Support Mix into warm oats, muesli or plain natural yoghurt for your best start to the day.