THE DARK EVENINGS are upon us once again. Autumn has definitely arrived, with winter just round the corner, and, since we are cyclical beings, our physical and mental requirements flow in line with the particular time of the year. To support our health during this season I have focused on three areas to help us stay healthy.
Seasonal fresh vegetables
As we transition deeper into autumn and winter, eating seasonal produce will help us get antioxidant-rich fare to maximise our defences and support our immune system. Root vegetables, such as sweet potatoes, pumpkins and squashes, are full of carotenoids and phytochemicals. Cauliflower, Brussels sprouts and linseed also contain anti-inflammatory Omega 3. Green leafy vegetables full of vitamins and anti-oxidants are a must, especially during these colder months. Don’t forget pumpkin seeds – they are a great source of zinc, which is an essential mineral for the immune system.
Eat warming foods and nurture your gut
Replace summer salads with more warming foods, such as soups and stews. Use garlic, ginger and turmeric in your cooking this season. As our immune system is heavily reliant on our healthy gut, increase gut-nourishing foods to help boost the beneficial micro-flora. Eat plenty of vegetables especially beetroot, broccoli, carrots, kefir, kimchi, sauerkraut. Vegetable curries are perfect for utilising nurturing spices and vegetables. Turmeric is one of the most researched roots due to its exceptional biochemistry and health benefits to support our body systems. It contains excellent anti-viral and anti-microbial properties and has been always traditionally used as a seasonal remedy during the colder months to boost immunity. Fresh warm ginger, lemon and honey is my go-to drink when I feel run down.
Stress will have a negative impact on your immune system since it affects our cortisol levels. Remember, the more stressed you are, the more likely you are to catch a cold. Try to relax and make more time for yourself. Fit some nurturing yoga round your busy routine or go for a walk in the countryside and get some fresh air. Take advantage of the shorter evenings and get plenty of sleep.
Helena is offering a free 15-minute chat if you want to find out more about nutrition and how it can support your health and wellbeing. For more information visit www.nutritiouspantry.co.uk or email firstname.lastname@example.org