The ushering in of 2017 has come and gone. Time is a precious commodity especially as we get older – and the entering of another year is a tangible reminder of this and a natural consequence is that our health and the quality of our lives becomes more of a priority.
So with another year on Earth, make 2017 the year where your health and those of your loved ones takes a front seat. Being a healthier version of yourself equips you with not only the physical but mental power to tackle all this year throws your way ensuring 2017 is your best year yet.
Patrick says a strong immune system is a good place to start, especially after the festive season where a lot of overindulging takes place. Staying free from colds and flu (and disease), and recovering quickly if you do succumb, requires a fighting fit immune system.
PATRICK’S IMMUNE POWER-DIET TIPS
- Load up on fruit and veg – aim for at least five portions a day and pick a rainbow selection of colours to get a good range of nutrients. Good sources include carrots, beetroot, sweet potatoes, tomatoes and beansprouts, plus watermelon and berries (strawberries, blueberries, raspberries – buy these frozen when they are not in season). Eat what you can raw, and lightly steam the rest. Avoid frying anything as this introduces harmful free radicals that increase your toxic load.
- Have a clove or two of garlic a day – this is naturally anti-viral and anti-bacterial.
- Eat sufficient protein – aim for lean (preferably) organic meat, fish, game, quinoa (a South American grain), eggs, pulses combined with grains, dairy foods or tofu.
- Herbs and spices contain immune-supporting nutrients. Add turmeric to rice; grate ginger into stir fries or on to vegetables; make tea from the Cat’s Claw herb; add Aloe Vera to drinks.
- Avoid sugar – it can suppress the immune system so avoid any sugar when you are fighting an infection. Rather go for whole grains (oats, rye bread, brown rice).
- If you have an infection that increases mucus production (eg a cold), it is best to avoid meat, dairy produce and eggs – these foods tend to stimulate the production of more mucus.
IMMUNE BOOSTING SUPPLEMENTS
There are multitudes of independent studies which demonstrate the immune-supporting effects and benefits of taking supplements over and above eating a healthy, immune boosting diet to keep your immune system in peak condition. To further boost your immune system Patrick recommends the following supplements:
• A high-strength multi vitamin and mineral complex.
• An antioxidant formula containing Vitamin C, Zinc and immune-boosting phytonutrients such as Black Elderberry and ginger.
• Extra Vitamin D –15mcg a day all year round.
“To ward off a cold, Vitamin C can be very effective. I take 3 grams immediately, followed by 1 gram an hour, together with other immune supporting nutrients such as Zinc, ginger and Black Elderberry,” says Patrick.