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Boost your immune system and stay healthy this winter with the following tips.

Did you know that your diet is crucial to boosting our immune systems along with relaxing, exercising and getting a good night’s sleep?

Here are a few ideas to ensure that you look after your body this winter.

Porridge is a great way to start the day as it is a healthy slow-release breakfast. Try adding nuts, seeds or some seasonal winter fruit like apples, pears or dates.

Foods like sweet potatoes, tomatoes, red peppers and citrus fruits to your meals. They contain high levels of vitamin C, which plays an important role in the immune system.

During the winter months, we can come into contact with viruses that can cause colds or flu. So, it’s important that our immune system functions normally and zinc contributes to this. Foods such as oysters, spinach and legumes are good sources of zinc.

Good sources of iron are red meats, lentils, and green leafy vegetables.

It is also important to take fish such as salmon and cod; milk cheese and eggs are a great source of Vitamin B12 and will help to reduce tiredness and fatigue.

We often look for comfort foods, especially sugary ones. Instead, try roasted root vegetables which are delicious and sweet, or soups packed with vegetables, especially with lots of garlic or ginger.

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