Whilst you might be busily making plans for Christmas, at this time of year our bodies are also working hard to fend off the many bugs around during cold and flu season. And though there’s no cure for the common cold, there are some effective things you can do to boost your immune system and stave off winter illnesses. 1. Eat well One of the best ways to support your immune system is to eat a varied diet that’s packed full of vitamins and minerals. Fruit and veg Although it’s tempting to spend the winter indulging in comfort food, making sure you still get your 5 a day will keep your body stocked with vital vitamins, such as:
- Vitamin A – which helps your cells fight infection. Get all you need from a varied diet that includes yellow, red and green leafy vegetables such as peppers, spinach, broccoli, butternut squash and sweet potatoes.
- Vitamin C – which helps cells repair themselves. Snack on oranges and berries, and include green vegetables and potatoes with meals.
- Vitamin E – which keeps your skin and immune system strong. Olive oil is rich in vitamin E – why not drizzle some on a salad for lunch?