After three days of snotty tissues, duvets and day time TV I am finally on the mend – kind of. I still have a chesty cough, but the snot and headaches have subsided and I feel a little more with it. I did some work this afternoon and I’m dying to get back into the office tomorrow. Being at home, alone is depressing – especially when you’re ill and unable to do much.
As I recover there are five foods I’ll be relying on to get me back in tip top shape. I’ve craved all of them whilst I’ve been ill – and they are all scientifically proven to help boost the immune system and make you better.
- Citrus Fruits: This one goes without saying. Filled with Vitamin C I’ve gone through at least three satsumas each day and sipped on lemon with honey. If your throat is sore, freshly squeezed lemon juice with tonic water is always a good one to soothe your throat and cool you when you have a fever.
- Garlic: I eat garlic most days and love the stuff. It’s filled with anti-oxidants which are great when you have a cold. However I eat them cooked – if you want to get the most of your garlic when you’re ill, try and eat it raw, maybe in a drizzle or with bread? Either that or buy some garlic supplements.
- Carrots and sweet potatoes: Roasted and boiled, this orange marvels work wonders when you’re unwell. They are full of beta-carotene, which your body turns into Vitamin A – an essential Vitamin in helping you maintain a healthy and strong immune system.
- Oats: We all know how much I love porridge. Oats, either eaten as porridge or whipped into a citrus filled smoothie, they are known for lowering cholesterol and boosting your bodies immune system.
- Milk: I’ve been craving milk since Friday, and now I know why; Milk is filled with Vitamin D which is not only important for your bones, it’s also immune-boostingly good (and if served cold, it’s great for soothing a sore throat).
Oh and dark chocolate is good for your immune system so stock up for when you’re up to eating!
Hayley Jayne xx