Follow your gut

Now that you’ve arrived at home, chances are that apart from being cool on the show, worrying about friends and family and trying to stick to work deadlines, you’re also insisting on eating. At this time it is very common to turn to casual foods such as chocolate, biscuits, chips and cold drinks, and more. But what we forget is that it is still flu season, and getting sick is the last thing we want right now.

According to health coach Nipa Asharam from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition, now is the time to go for food which is good for the gut and detoxification of our digestive system. Here are some dos and don’ts that Asharam has suggested:

Eat almond soaked overnight

Vitamin E is the key to a healthy immune system. It is a fat soluble vitamin, which means that it needs to absorb the presence of fat. Nuts, such as almonds, are packed with vitamins and also contain healthy fats. So, soaking a handful of almonds every morning can give you a great start to the day.

Go for roasted sunflower and pumpkin seeds

These seeds contain phosphorus, magnesium, zinc, and vitamin B6 and are also rich in vitamin E, a powerful antioxidant.

Bring out the leafy green vegetables

Spinach, or even kel, is not only high on vitamin C, but is also packed with many antioxidants and beta-carotene, which help increase the ability to fight infection. Other options include broccoli and carrots. Add some spices, onion and a little cream to make the soup.

Monitor alcohol consumption

Consuming too much alcohol can affect immune function and gut health.

Don’t stress

Stress affects our body as much as we can imagine. It is invisible to us and can increase our cortisol levels. Therefore, relax, meditate and practice gratitude to keep it together.

Stay away from diet soda

It is loaded with artificial ingredients, including sweeteners such as aspartame, saccharin, and sucralose, none of which help our stomach. It can reduce the level of beneficial bacteria and adversely affect glucose metabolism.

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