During winter, we are less exposed to the “Sunshine Vitamin”, vitamin D. An important vitamin for maintaining bone strength and supporting the immune system which is usually produced by exposure of our skin to the sun.
Although sunshine is not food, it contributes to the supply of Vitamin D in our bodies, therefore during the darker winter months we need to increase our intake of vitamin D rich foods like FISH (salmon / mackerel / Herring / Sardines / Tuna / Cod Liver Oil) and EGGS (preferably free range).
Other foods that you should stock up on and are rich in anti-oxidants and can support your immune system during winter are:
- Nuts & leafy greens (Vitamin E)
- Oranges, kiwi and broccoli (Vitamin C)
- Sweet potato, pumpkin and dark green fruit & vegetables (Carotenoids)
- Asparagus, avocado and parsley (Glutathione)
- Berries, cocoa, red wine & green tea (Polyphenols)
- Tuna, beef, poultry, brown rice & sunflower seeds (Selenium)
- Sesame seeds, red meat & spinach (Zinc)
Although it’s advisable to supply your body with the necessary vitamins by eating a well balanced, nutrient rich diet, we are more susceptible to cold and flu viruses during the colder months if we do not adequately support our immune systems. Therefore, you should enquire at your local health shop/pharmacy to find out what are the best quality Vitamin D or Multivitamin supplements available to you. I have always trusted the SOLGAR range and keep Corenza C nearby in case a sniffle rears it’s ugly head!
Try to make smart food choices this winter and keep sickness at bay!