Health & Fitness

10 foods to help fight off that cold

Already feeling that winter flu coming on? Here are 10 foods to help you get back on the road to recovery

  • Manuka Honey - this really is a super food. Immune booster and an antioxidant. Try one like Real Health’s 100% Australian Manuka. Australian Manuka Honey in particular has antibacterial, antimicrobial and anti-viral and anti-oxidant properties, which makes it ideal for immunity support (and boosting the immune system) and digestive balance support. It also tastes great, why drizzle on your daily porridge or add to a smoothie.

  • Garlic - not the tastiest thing raw, but has great anti-viral properties. If you cant cope with chewing a raw chunk, slice and add to a stir fry, wilted greens or sauce

  • Beef - If you want to boost your immune system, eat some beef. Beef is a good source of zinc, and zinc is important in the development of the white blood cells that defend your bodyy. Great news, rare steak with garlic butter it is then!

  • Home-made Chicken soup - anti-viral properties, plus it makes you feel great when a bit cold and poorly

  • Sweet Potato - rich in beta-carotene which turns into vitamin A. Vit A helps boost the digestive system and blocks harming cold-causing bacteria.

  • Almonds - said to contain properties in the skin which help fight infection. They are also a delicious and nutritious snack!

Manuka honey can be a great way to combat a cold

  • Water - seems like a no brainer, but drinking a lot of water helps keep the body fighting fit by flushing out toxins.

  • Bone broth - is super high in healing properties and great for the immune system. Use bones left overs from a roast like chicken carcas, and add loads of veg. Great as a stock base for a soup or a broth on own

  • Cauliflower - an antioxidant and all round super food. Great in soups, and a great alternative to wheat.

  • Yoghurt - fights off bad bacteria while feeding good bacteria. Look for yoghurt with live and active cultures.

Real Health Manuka honey is available in Boots stores nationwide and on

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