Winter remedies: How to support your immune system and avoid winter gripes like sore throats

Winter remedies: How to support your immune system and avoid winter gripes like sore throats

While fruits and vegies may seem less appealing in the colder weather, eating a healthy dose provides us with essential vitamins, minerals and antioxidants to help support our immune system and defend against winter ailments like sore throats. Make a hearty and warming soup or casserole and load it up with winter vegetables like turnips, carrots, pumpkin and broccoli or poach rhubarb, apples or pears and add them to your morning porridge.

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Winter remedies: How to support your immune system and avoid winter gripes like sore throats

While fruits and vegies may seem less appealing in the colder weather, eating a healthy dose provides us with essential vitamins, minerals and antioxidants to help support our immune system and defend against winter ailments like sore throats. Make a hearty and warming soup or casserole and load it up with winter vegetables like turnips, carrots, pumpkin and broccoli or poach rhubarb, apples or pears and add them to your morning porridge.

  1. Up your intake of fruits and vegies – While fruits and vegies may seem less appealing in the colder weather, eating a healthy dose provides us with essential vitamins, minerals and antioxidants to help support our immune system and defend against winter ailments like sore throats. Make a hearty and warming soup or casserole and load it up with winter vegetables like turnips, carrots, pumpkin and broccoli or poach rhubarb, apples or pears and add them to your morning porridge.
  2. Use fresh garlic – Just ½-1 clove of garlic each day may help to support our immune defences and protect us against bacteria and other nasty winter bugs.
  3. Get moving – Researchers have found that people who are physically fit and active are less likely to get sick in the winter months and symptoms will be milder if they do.1
  4. Sleep soundly – Don’t feel guilty for sleeping a little longer than usual in the colder months as insufficient sleep can impair our immune defences and make us less resistant to infections2 that may cause winter gripes like sore throats.
  5. Head outdoors – Winter ailments that can cause sore throats run rampant in winter because we tend to spend more time indoors and in closer proximity to other people.3 So rug up and head outdoors to get some fresh air and sunlight for a little vitamin D (also linked to immunity!4).
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