PRIMED FOR WINTER: OUR TIPS FOR A STRONG IMMUNE SYSTEM
Take action now to optimise your immune defences so you can stay fit and healthy ahead of the winter season. With hearty winter veggies, warming teas, moderate outdoor exercise and a great deal more besides.
THE GUT: EIGHT METRES PACKED FULL OF IMMUNE DEFENCESE
How well our immune system works is hugely dependent on our gut health. Ultimately, the gut isn’t just responsible for breaking down food; it also houses most of the body’s immune cells. Between 70 - 80% of all of the body’s immune responses take place in this organ, which – if you consider the small and large intestine together – is eight metres or so in length. This is where viruses and bacteria, etc. are identified, antibodies formed, pathogens eliminated and then transported out of the body. So a good reason to pay close attention to our gut.
BOOST GUT HEALTH
There are several ways of protecting yourself from winter colds and flu and strengthening your immune system. For instance, by undergoing a cleansing and regenerating FX Mayr cure. This will bring your digestion back into balance, ensure the health of your gut flora and, at the same time, prevent disease. Of course, the cure isn’t the only way to do this: there are a lot of other things that you can do to support your gut. We have summarised some of these here for you.
FEAST ON WINTER VEGGIES
In winter in particular, we need vitamins and secondary plant substances if our immune system is to function effectively. And the best way to obtain these is by consuming hearty, fresh winter vegetables. Not for nothing is nature organised in such a way that the plants that are harvested in the winter are packed with substances that strengthen the immune system. Right at the top of the list are the most diverse varieties of cabbage and herbs. Savoy cabbage, broccoli, Brussels sprouts are particularly rich in vitamin C, among other good things. But potatoes, lamb’s lettuce and spinach contain very valuable nutrients, too. A tip from us: Visit a farmers’ market in your area and revel in the abundance and diversity of freshly harvested winter veggies. Dive right in and do give something new a try.
Recipe tip: Parsley root soup with chervil
200 g parsley root
500 ml Original vegetable bouillon
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 pinch of nutmeg ground
1 tbsp. of fresh chopped parsley
1 tbsp. fresh chopped chervil
1 tbsp. cold pressed camelina oil
Peel and dice the parsley root and the potato. Cook both in the vegetable bouillon for approx. 20 minutes. Take-off the heat and blend. Add the camelina oil and garnish with chopped herbs.
CHECK YOUR ZINC LEVELS
Zinc is one of the trace elements that the body cannot produce itself; it has to be obtained via the diet. If the body lacks the levels of zinc that it needs, this exerts a negative impact on the immune system. Among other things, this increases susceptibility to infections like the common cold, cough, sore throat, etc. Skin, nail and hair disorders are also often attributable to zinc deficiency. To prevent this, it is a good idea to assess zinc levels by carrying out a blood test (for instance, facilitated by Mayr Prelab insert link) and take countermeasures accordingly.
DRINK WARMING TEAS
Teas are a real boost on cold autumn and winter days. They warm the body from the inside and provide it with extra hydration. In the winter, when the air is dry both indoors and outdoors, you need to remain adequately hydrated (ideally by consuming water or unsweetened teas) in order to be able to keep the mucous membranes supple and eliminate pathogens. So keep drinking those cups of tea through the day and take time to enjoy the variety that’s on offer. Remember: it doesn’t always have to be green tea. Other varieties, too – ginger, chamomile, sage or herbal teas, for instance, also strengthen the body’s immune defences.
Wrap up warm and go outside for a winter walk, a short hike or a leisurely run. Moderate exercise boosts the immune system and strengthens the muscles and the cardiovascular system. Moreover, when you are outdoors, the body produces vitamin D, a nutrient that is incredibly important for immune defences. A complete win-win.
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