Staying healthy in autumn and winter relies on a combination of internal and external immune boosters. Following on from 4 yoga tips for your immune system, let’s look at four immune boosting seasonal foods you can eat more of to feel good!
Onions might be the world’s favourite vegetable, judging by their popularity in cuisines ranging from Indian to Italian to Thai to Turkish. There’s a good reason for it: onion and its relatives are great at fighting bacteria, viruses and inflammation.
Butternut, pumpkin, acorn… all kinds of squash are incredibly good for you. They’re packed with anti-oxidant vitamins like A ,C, and E. The high fibre and water levels in squash help maintain hydration and good digestive function to eliminate toxins.
It’s not a very sexy vegetable, but cabbage is incredibly good for you. Along with vitamins K, C , B6, thiamine and folate it is rich in minerals and fibre. Sauerkraut and kimchee are two of the most delicious ways to prepare cabbage, and have even more health benefits since they are fermented and supply disease-fighting probiotics.
Fresh or dried, herbs like rosemary, thyme and coriander have potent anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial and anti-oxidant properties. They are great in wintery dishes like soups, stews and casseroles so stock up!