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8 Superfoods that help to boost immunity & fight the common cold

By By Dr Amy Bibby, Head of Operation & Doctor at Qured

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From honey to garlic; foods that you didn’t know could boost your immune system, as we embark upon the flu season. With wintery weather fast-approaching, colds and ill health is inevitable but certain remedies may be able to combat those sore throats.

Honey
Honey, especially local honey, is a perfect treatment for sore throats. Health officials have said that antibiotics should rarely be prescribed by doctors for coughs because in most cases they do little to improve symptoms. Instead, the well-known home remedy, a hot drink with honey (often with ginger and lemon also) helps soothe coughs and a sore throat.

Coconut Oil
Coconut oil builds up immunity in infants helping to fight off those nasty diseases around this time of year

Turmeric
This spice is rich in antioxidants and iron, and helps in boosting immunity and energy levels

Nuts
Almonds are high in Vitamin E and healthy fats so having a sprinkle of almonds on your morning porridge will help fight off colds helping you to stay strong

Garlic
Although it has a very pungent odour, garlic has been known to fight infections due to the naturally present allicin it contains

Citrus Fruits
Vitamin C supports and helps boost your immune system – try eating an orange each day to keep the bugs away!

Green Tea
This powerful drink contains anti-oxidants that help regulate blood sugar levels and boost the immune system

Dark Chocolate
Dark chocolate contains an antioxidant called theobromine, which help to protect the body’s cells from ‘free radicals’. But be warned – chocolate is high in fat and calories so must be eaten in moderation!

These immune-boosting foods will keep you healthy and possibly prevent any colds or flus so you can beat illness this season. However if you do find yourself unwell, Qured are on the case!

Although these foods are great, the flu vaccine is the best way to prevent illness. Although the flu vaccine is available on the NHS for young children and those who are pregnant, suffering from certain medical conditions and aged 65 and over, Qured provides an easy and affordable flu vaccination service at home or in the office for those who do not fall within this bracket.

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