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Autumn foods that pack a punch…

The seasons are on the change, bringing the inevitable slew of coughs and colds. This is the time to start thinking about building up your immunity naturally. As well as taking vitamins and supplements, there are plenty of foods with immune-boosting properties that can work just as well, such as:

GARLIC as it contains allicin, an active ingredient that has natural anti-fungal and antibiotic properties which fights bacteria and infection.

HONEY, especially Manuka, is brimming with natural antibiotic properties.

ORANGES & LEMONS are full of vitamin C, which is a potent immune booster.

EGGS, in particular, the yolks, are rich in vitamin D, which is known to help modulate immune function.

SWEET POTATOES contain beta-carotene which our body turns into vitamin A. To stay strong and healthy, your skin needs vitamin A, as it is our skin which serves as a first-line fortress against bacteria, viruses and other undesirables.

PUMPKIN SEEDS are rich in zinc, which studies show can help to fend off colds and flu.

OATS contain beta-glucans, a type of fibre that is thought to have antimicrobial and antioxidant benefits.

MUSHROOMS contain vitamin D as well as zinc.

Introduce these foods into your diet now, along with plenty of root vegetables, to avoid colds, coughs and unwanted bugs.