The leaves are changing, there’s a distinct chill in the air… and while we can’t get enough of those dreamy fall vibes (hello, turtlenecks), we also can’t ignore the fact that cold and flu season is just around the corner.
Getting sick can be a real bummer – plans get cancelled, you feel tired and miserable, and it can often take a while to get back on your feet even after you’ve recovered.
While no sole ingredient or dish can cure or prevent illness, feeding your body certain foods will naturally boost your immune system and help keep it strong (and ready to fight!). So, here at ROYO Bread Co., we’ve compiled a shortlist of our top 5 powerhouse ingredients. Check it out:
1. Citrus Fruits
A great way of getting your daily recommended dose of Vitamin C is through the consumption of citrus fruits such as oranges, grapefruits, tangerines, lemons, and limes. Vitamin C is said to boost your body’s production of white blood cells, responsible for fighting infections.
Try a breakfast of freshly squeezed orange juice, coupled with lemon-squeezed avocado toast on two slices of ROYO 30-Calorie Low Carb Artisan Bread for the ultimate Vitamin-C kick.
Turmeric is a bright yellow, slightly bitter-tasting spice that we all know and love (apart from when it spills on our kitchen surfaces). It is thought to boost immunity and work as an antiviral, as well as reducing inflammation in the body, due to its high levels of curcumin.
Try making an immune-boosting turmeric tea (adding honey and/or a squeeze of lemon makes this extra delicious!) to help you combat those post-meal snack cravings as well as those pesky fall colds!
3. Apple Cider Vinegar
The probiotics contained in the mixture of yeast and bacteria found in unfiltered apple cider vinegar contain immune-boosting qualities that can help your body in its fight against the flu and common colds.
Take a diluted shot of apple cider vinegar before lunch or dinner once a day, or consume your ACV in a different way – through ROYO’s Low Carb Keto-Friendly Bagels, for example!
4. Bone Broth
For those who are happy to eat meat, bone broth is a nutrient-rich, mineral-packed way of improving gut health, helping your body to flush out toxins and reducing inflammation - all of which highly benefits the immune system.
Bonus: it’s rich and perfectly warming for the soul on a cold, autumnal day!
Helping to soothe symptoms such as nausea and sore throats, as well as decreasing inflammation, ginger is a delicious superfood that can be consumed in a variety of ways: try adding slices of it to a hot tea, blending it into soup, or grating it into a healthy vegetable stir fry.
Stay happy and healthy this flu season, ROYO-ers!