Fight off colds this winter
Winter has well and truly arrived and, as usual,
it has brought with it the dreaded winter cold. But there are
natural ways to prevent colds this winter, which means you won't
have to reach for the vitamin bottle.
"A lot of people believe vitamin and mineral
tablets lead to better health and immunity but it's just not the
case," said Diabetes Queensland dietitian Alison Bennett. "These
tablets usually contain way more vitamins and minerals than you
actually need and our bodies just dispose of the vitamins that it
doesn't use, so your money just ends up down the toilet."
Alison suggests a natural approach instead. "You
can ditch the pills this winter and easily get all the vitamins and
minerals you need by eating loads of fresh healthy foods," she
"Important vitamins for preventing colds include
vitamins A, C and D, iron and zinc. All of which are readily
available in many of our favourite winter foods."
Vitamin A: carrots, sweet potato, pumpkin,
spinach, broccoli, milk, cheese and eggs
Vitamin C: oranges, tomatoes, strawberries,
raspberries, grapefruit and capsicum
Vitamin D: fortified margarine, salmon, herring,
mackerel and eggs
Zinc: spinach, milk, cheese, yoghurt and lean
Stress and well being
Have you ever noticed you always seem to come
down with a cold at the worst possible time? Like the morning of
that big meeting or the day before your deadline?
Stress and lack of sleep can make our immune
system sluggish, making us more susceptible to colds and flu. We
pay less attention to what we feed our bodies when we are stressed,
only worsening the problem.
"Getting a good night's sleep is just as
important as eating well. It's also important to keep active to
boost your immune system and help ensure a good night's sleep,"
"We need to take care of all aspects of our
health if we want to beat colds and flu this winter."