5 top tips!
The change of seasons is a common time for people to get sick. As winter approaches, help your body acclimatise by boosting your immunity. Increasing your intake of vitamin C is a great way to prevent colds and flu. Check out our 5 top tips for boosting your vitamin C levels!
What does the immune system do?
A balanced and healthy immune system helps to guard the body against disease-causing microorganisms. The immune system isn’t just a single entity—it’s a series of systems that interconnect. That’s why there’s no one solution for boosting your immunity. Factors such as diet, exercise, age, psychological stress and herbal supplements need to be taken into account.
Why is vitamin C important?
Vitamin C, also known as ascorbic acid, is a nutrient found in some fruits and vegetables. In the body, it acts an antioxidant, protecting your cells from harmful “free radicals” (molecules that damage cells and tissues) both internally and in your external environment, strengthening the body’s immunity. Vitamin C also improves the body’s absorption of Iron and is essential to the production of collagen, which aids in wound healing.
5 top tips for boosting your vitamin C
- Eat citrus fruits. Eat plenty of oranges, grapefruit, rockmelon, kiwi fruit and strawberries. These yummy foods are super high in vitamin C, and great in fresh juices! If you eat organic, leave the skin on kiwi fruit to benefit the bacteria in your gut. These bacteria are responsible for a large part of your immune health.
- Drink lemon water. Squeeze lemon or lime into your water to detox your system, increase your body’s iron absorption and boost your vitamin C. Do this daily and you’ll even have clearer, smoother skin!
- Eat vegies raw. Broccoli, Brussels sprouts, kale and red and green capsicum are amongst the vegies with the highest levels of vitamin C. Eat them raw for maximum benefit, or very lightly steamed.
- Eat more fermented vegies. Fermented vegies such as kimchi and sauerkraut provide about half of your required daily intake of vitamin C. They also contain gut-strengthening probiotics.
- Use a variety of herbs and spices. Herbs and spices not only add delicious flavours to your meals, but give you a great immunity boost! Parsley, coriander, dill, basil, rosemary, thyme, cloves and chilli powder are all high in vitamin C and iron.