It is officially the LAST MONTH OF WINTER here in Australia — yay! After a long winter of fighting off colds and flus, the last thing anyone wants is to catch a sneaky one just when the warmer weather is so near! Hot yoga is great for building the immune system, as it detoxifies the body and gives it strength to fight off nasties. Simple things like staying active and eating well are also a good way to avoid a trip to the doctors. Ayurvedic teachings use natural herbs, spices and foods to combat illnesses, and so we have compiled a list of 10 ingredients to use in your cooking to fight out the last part of winter.
- Green tea
This tea not only provides an abundance of energy, but is also full of potent antioxidants, which prevent damage by oxidization to cells in the body.
“I drink green tea every morning for energy. Sometimes I will have a matcha, which is like a concentrated green tea. Get our delicious recipe for a ‘green latte’ here!”
- Sweet Potatoes
Rich in beta carotene, sweet potatoes help to promote the growth of cells responsible for fighting infection.
Also rich in beta carotene, chillis help to build vitamin A in the blood. The same chemical that causes them to be spicy is also responsible for reducing inflammation and irritation in the body.
“There is nothing like our Chilli Jam to fight off a cold. Whenever I feel like I have a sore throat or a runny nose coming on, a get a big scoop of it on a slice of rye bread and gulp it down. It’s actually really delicious… if you can take the heat! Get the recipe here.”
Garlic has long been used to protect the body from infections and illnesses. It has been shown to lower blood pressure and keep cholesterol levels balanced.
Oats contain a type of fibre which helps white blood cells to locate infection more quickly and easily. Oats also help with digestion, leaving your body with more energy to focus on it’s defenses.
Yoghurt contains probiotics which help to promote good bacteria in the gut. This helps with digestion and overall health and wellbeing.
Lemons are high in Vitamin C, which helps to fight colds and flus. They also contain potassium, which helps to stimulate brain function.
High in antioxidants, turmeric also has anti-inflammatory, anti-fungal and anti-viral properties.
Packed with B-Group vitamins, pineapples help with energy levels, digestive function and the metabolism, giving your body the tools it needs to enjoy a healthy, active day. Pineapple is often an ingredient in our detox juice recipes for this reason!
Wheatgrass contains naturally occurring nutrients including chlorophyll, vitamin C and potassium, which support the liver in flushing out harmful toxins from the body.
By eating healthy, staying active and using natural remedies, you will feel great and give your body the tools it needs to fight off sickness. Instead of turning to modern medicine, give some of these tips a go first — you’ll be surprised just how effective they are!
Stay healthy, yogis!
Mike & Suz