During autumn, the days are shorter and temperature decrease. Sniffs and colds become more frequent. Autumn also welcomes the harvest, therefore it is the ideal point in time to consume as many healthy foods as possible. Here you will find a list of the best food sources to strengthen the immune system and survive autumn!
Fennel is excellent against colds thanks to the contained essential oils, vitamins and minerals. This tuber, which is often used as a side dish or added to salads, is one of the building blocks of numerous cough medicines.
Potatoes are an excellent vitamin C source, previously referred to as the "lemons of the north". They also contain other vitamins, minerals and a lot of satiating fiber. Potatoes are best consumed with the peel, since most of its vitamins are found there.
Beets are often added to salads or used as a garnish. They are rich in potassium, iron, folic acid and vitamin B. Together with the contained anti-oxidants it offers excellent support for the body's defences.
Cabbage contains as much vitamin C as the same quanitiy of orange juice. In addition, it also contains vitamins E, K and minerals. This vegetable equips the immune system to fight viruses and bacteria.
Celery is used in the kitchen in many ways. It is often used in soups and, more recently, in juices. Celery contains various essential oils, minerals and vitamins, which adds to its many health benefits.
Pumpkins are well loved during autumn. They contain essential fatty acids, anti-inflammatory beta-carotene and essential minerals. It also does not have many calories - indulge without feeling guilty.
Grapes are rich in iron, potassium and vitamin C. They contain a substance called resveratrol, which is found in the peel. This ingredient is said to have anti-cancer effects, thus contributing enormously to health.
Plums are especially good for digestion because they contain lots of fiber and pectins. In addition, this fruit is also full of copper, zinc, magnesium and many vitamins.
Pears act as a diuretic because of its high potassium content. They also contain many other minerals and vitamins. Be sure to eat the peel, because the vitamins are found directly underneath.
Apples are exceptionally healthy because in addition to containing potassium and vitamins A, B, C and E, they also contain folic acid. The apple peels should also be consumed since they contain many pectins, which can have a positive effect on cholesterol levels.