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With the turn of the calendar into March, the autumn weather has begun, with the air being crisp and fresh first thing in the mornings after a glorious summer of hot days. Now is a great time to activate a plan of attack to prime and enhance our immune system function before the winter months are upon us. Gearing our immune system to become stronger these months before winter can be a great prevention to ill health, when the winter bugs decide to begin knocking on our doors during those dark winter days. If you don’t feel like taking a myriad of supplements one after the other every morning, you can start making sure you include plenty of immune-boosting foods in your diet, which the body will easily recognise and then will go on to utilise them efficiently. Eating foods that are nutrient dense, packed with plenty of vitamins and minerals and anti-microbial activating nutrients is an easy option all around. Then allowing the body to easily extract the required nutrients as the food is

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broken down in the small intestine and extracted from here. Why would you want to be doing this at this time of year you may ask. Building a good foundation now is important. A weakened or over-worked immune system will struggle under attack when the winter bugs are marching into our homes looking for trouble. The immune system has possibly been busier over the summer months avoiding and coping with environmental allergens and needs more additional support before the winter months arrive. Foods that you may want to include more regularly in your diet are those such as onions, garlic, chilli and parsley.

Any herb or spice is a great addition to your diet with their powerful anti-microbial properties. Protein-based foods are also an extremely good source for building strong immunity, as they carry the building blocks known as amino acids that have the ability to boost and repair immunity. Foods such as onions, garlic, ginger and chilli carry anti-viral, anti-microbial, antifungal and anti-bacterial properties that can defend and halt any troublesome bugs wanting to cause some damage. Often these foods also carry high amounts of zinc and vitamin C to support immunity. Garden herbs are a great additional taste to a dish, as well as being supportive to immunity. Use either fresh or dried. So get creative this autumn with your cooking and keep in mind the health benefits of the foods you are using. They are not just for their taste and texture, but for their health-promoting properties as well, which could become your easiest way of staying healthy during the winter months.

With the compliments of Jane Logie, a medicinal herbalist, clinical nutritionist and chef from Methven

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