We're heading into wintertime, so I thought it a good idea to get some immune boosting tips before the bugs start appearing everywhere. As they say, prevention is better than cure ☺
Here's a list of 10 fruits and veggies filled to the brim with vitamin C to add to your everyday eating plan. Remember, organic is always the better choice.
1. Red and Green Chilies
I love them! Did you know that green chilies provide more vitamin C than any other food?
Ad them to soups, casseroles, Mexican or eat them raw on pizza.
2. Oranges and Lemons
This comes as no surprise. Citrus fruits are coming into season now, so there's no reason not to add these vitamin C bombs to your diet. One medium sized orange delivers 130% of the daily amount of vitamin C needed.
Another good source. 8 Berries delivers 160% of the daily value of vitamin C needed. It is very important to choose organic here as strawberries are intensively sprayed with pesticides conventionally.
Who would’ve guessed? One stalk of broccoli delivers 220% of the daily value!
5. Sweet Peppers
Depending on colour, with yellow the most and green the least vitamin C. You can use these in pasta sauces, with breakfast, filled with interesting fillings and raw in salads.
6. Fresh Herbs
Herbs are packed with all sorts of vitamins. Thyme has the most vitamin C of all the herbs, with Parsley a close second.
This fruit is filled with vitamin C, vitamin A and B9!
8. Dark Leafy Greens
Raw Kale is your best bet for vitamin C with 200% of your daily needs per 100g.
It provides you with 100% of your daily needs per 6th of a head. The same size serving also contains 260g of potassium and 2g of fiber.
10. Kiwi Fruit
100g of this fruit will provide you with 155% of your daily needs. They are great eaten on their own, added to salads or deserts.
Another important factor to remember is that your digestive tract needs to be healthy in order for your body to absorb these vitamins. So it is definitely a good idea to invest in a probiotic. The best one, in my opinion,
being Kefir. Kefir is a live probiotic culture, so you know your probiotic is fresh and alive.
Unfortunately it is not readily available from health stores and generally gets passed on between friends. If you are desperately looking for some, send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org, and I will let you know when i have enough to pass on. Unfortunately you will have to come and pick it up from our warehouse as it is not possible to ship.
Something else that really helps to keep the flu critters at bay is to have a spray bottle filled with filtered water and about 20 drops of Eucalyptus oil at hand at all times. Spray it around your office and home regularly.
In closing, here is a nice Hot or Cold Vitamin Drink recipe that can be used on a daily basis to boost the immune system and energize:
- 1 cup – boiled/cold water
- 1 tbsp – honey
- 1 tbsp – lemon juice
- 1/2 tsp – crushed ginger root
- 1/6 tsp – cinnamon
Blend all the ingredients together and enjoy.
Here's to a healthy winter!