Throughout winter, it’s important we do what we can to maintain immune resilience. Here’s a handful of daily habits that are crucial for us doing so!
1. The Gut-Immune Connection
Did you know that up to 70-80% of your immune cells are located in your gut?! With this being said, it is crucial we practice daily habits that maintain the integrity of the gut, promote proper bacterial balance, and support digestive function. Mitchells Bone Broth is a great way to do so! Whether subtle or significant, over-time food allergies can impede both the structure and function of the gut. Our Bone Broth Protein Powder is totally food-allergy friendly, providing you with all the essential, gut-nourishing amino acids, in one delicious powder.
2. Eat with the Seasons
Nature provides us with what our bodies need at varying times of the year, and it turns out produce is cheaper when it’s growing in abundance. Win win. Throughout winter, focus MORE on warming and grounding foods, root vegetables, plenty of citrus and LESS fresh, cold, and raw foods (except those rich in vitamin C). Add fresh ginger, garlic, and turmeric to soaked oats, soups and stir-fries. Or, try our Collagen Repair.
What’s in season at the moment? Grapefruit, kiwifruit, lemons, mandarins, oranges, broccoli, brussel sprouts, cauliflower, fennel, mushrooms, potatoes, silverbeet, and spinach.
A note on Vitamin C: It is important we ensure adequate intake of vitamin C rich foods throughout the winter months to help boost our immune system. Cooking reduces vitamin C content so whilst we want to focus mainly on warming foods, slow cooks and hot-pots, you can add the following vitamin C rich raw or lightly steamed foods to your meals. Broccoli, Brussel sprouts, cauliflower, citrus fruits, kale, kiwifruit, papaya, pineapple, red pepper, tomatoes, lemongrass, rosehips, and thyme.
3. Stay Hydrated
We want to ensure nutrients you are consuming can travel through your bloodstream to where they are needed in the body. Ensuring adequate water intake supports proper digestion and detoxification, allowing waste materials and toxins to be carried away from your organs and flushed out of the body. Find cold or plain water boring? Add some slices of citrus fruit, ginger, or a cinnamon pod, and try having it slightly warmed!
Such preventative practices ensure you stay well, resilient, and able to do more of the things that bring you joy during the winter months.