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Boosting immunity with nutrition

With health at the forefront of our minds, there’s a lot of interest surrounding maintaining a healthy immune system too. We know that in order to perform well, the immune system needs harmony and balance. It’s widely acknowledged that our bodies function at optimum levels and we enjoy general good health when we practise self-care and this holistic approach to wellbeing is at the heart of the Slow Ageing philosophy

Which nutrients do I need?
Everything begins with a healthy, balanced diet. Essentially, we need to eat a wide range of phytochemicals, chemical compounds found in plants, as well as protein and starchy high fibre foods, dairy (or non-dairy alternatives) plus lots of fluids, especially water. Foods rich in zinc, iron, beta-carotene, Vitamins B6, B12, C, D and E are particularly important. Good fresh sources of these key vitamins and minerals include: garlic; onions; ginger; cruciferous vegetables like broccoli, brussels sprouts and kale plus apples, red peppers and citrus fruits.

There are also many store cupboard foods that are extremely beneficial, such as canned beans and lentils, dried fruits and vegetables, herbs, spices and bottled flavourings like soy sauce and miso paste. The more variety and flavour you can get into your diet the more likely you are to enjoy it, and the more good it will do your body. Use all the storage resources you have - freezers can be used to store soft fruits like berries and keep a stock of vegetables to maintain your 5-a-day.

Power up with a Ginger-giser drink
The anti inflammatory, antioxidant, antibacterial and digestion improving benefits of ginger have been known for years. Slow Ageing Founders Margot and David, have long been advocates of their homemade ‘ginger-giser’ blend to deliver a zingy wake-up call to taste buds. Simply mix equal parts ginger juice with water and lemon juice. Melt some manuka honey into warm water to taste then add a dash of fresh black pepper. Make the mixture up to 1 litre; it will keep in the fridge for up to three weeks in a glass bottle. Drink undiluted from a shot glass or mix into more water to make a long, refreshing drink.
Did you know? ​You can freeze fresh root ginger. When you want to use it simply grate straight into stir-fries, smoothies or our favourite ginger-giser drink.

Super supplements
Although we should be able to gain all of the nutrients, vitamins and minerals we need to remain healthy and strong from our diets, many people – including some of the team here – choose to take a supplement. You may already be used to hearing about the purported benefits of supplements like Vitamin C, zinc and echinacea to help ward off coughs and colds. As a team we have also championed the importance of Vitamin D and if you are spending more time indoors, this may be worth considering too.