5 Simple Ways to Boost Immunity This Winter

Cold and flu season is well and truly here! I’ve always been a bit of a germaphobe and now that I’m a mum, this has doubled! I’m always trying to find natural ways to boost my immune system as I don’t want to pass on any nasty illnesses to my little man!

Aside from the obvious tips like washing hands regularly and sneezing into our arm (ugh, I know, but this is science backed!) but here are some simple ways to naturally boost your immune system and avoid getting sick this winter!

  1. Eat your fruits and vegetables
    We allllll know that fruit and vegetables are essential for maintaining our health, but they also boost our immune systems. Did you know that fruits and vegetables that are brightly coloured such as berries, oranges, sweet potatoes and carrots can contain the highest amounts of immunity building antioxidants.
  2. Take echinacea
    Echinacea is my secret weapon when it comes to fighting colds. I take it at the first signs of a cold and can usually knock it out before it starts!
  3. Eat more garlic
    My great gran lived to be almost 100 years old and she swore that part of the reason for her health and longevity was that she ate a clove of raw garlic everyday. Whether or not this was the reason for her long life, garlic does have properties that can give your immune system that it needs.
  4. Get more sleep
    This one is bit of a no brainer as sleep deprivation causes havoc to the body! It can have detrimental effects to your immune system which makes you more susceptible to illness. So make sure you get your Zzz’s in every night.
  5. Make a honey and lemon drink
    As a kid (and sometimes an adult) mum would make me a ‘honey and lemon’ drink whenever I complained of sore throat, sore nose, sore foot.. etc. Besides tasting great, the drink can ease the symptoms of a cold! To make the honey and lemon drink, just stir some fresh lemon into and a few tablespoons of water into hot water.

So there you have it – 5 easy ways to naturally boost your immune system. While it’s probably impossible to avoid ever getting a cold or flu, these tips will help keep you healthy this winter.