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Although we are getting towards the end of February, the cold and wet days are not over yet, and it’s a time of year when many of us keep getting the sniffles and feeling low on energy.

We are all tempted to top up on vitamins and supplements, which is a great idea (do check Native Elements’ February/March offer) but there is a lot of food in our kitchen that can help support our immune system and help us stay healthy – here are a few:

Ginger: Good for alleviating migraines or can improve blood flow and reduce inflammation in muscles including those in the uterus.

Cinnamon: This is a natural blood sugar stabiliser, it stimulates insulin receptors, and helps lower the blood-sugar lowering hormone to produce less insulin in order to create the desired effect.

Turmeric: This is a natural anti-inflammatory and good for those who suffer with things like psoriasis, thanks to the compound called curcumin.

Cranberry or blueberry: This is good for urinary tract infections. They contain a substances that inhibit the binding of bacteria to bladder tissue.

Garlic: Garlic is great for getting rid of parasites, it provides a sulphur containing amino acid that is anti-parasitic, plus garlic is also a natural antibiotic.

Oatmeal: Oatmeal can sooth rashes because it has phytochemicals that have anti-inflammatory properties.

Coconut oil: Great moisturiser.

Sea salt: This is great for disinfecting wounds or can be used as an exfoliator using one cup of sea salt with ½ a cup of a light massage oil.

Cucumber: Aids puffy eyes Cucumber is 95% water with a nice cooling sensation that causes blood vessels to constrict and reduce inflammation.

Prunes: Rich in insoluble fibre a key nutrient to help fight constipation. This type of fibre does not dissolve in water helping waste to move along.

Apples for heartburn: the pectin in the apple helps to absorb stomach acid.  Plus, the fruit contains two types of acid (malic and tartaric) that work to beat back any juices that flow up from your stomach (acid reflux)

I hope using these natural remedies will help you and your family stay healthy with high energy levels. To find out more about what Nutrition can do for you, do not hesitate to email me to arrange an appointment or recommend a friend.