How to help summer sniffles with Zespri SunGold kiwifruit
We tend to think that the common cold and the flu only attack during the cold months of winter. But in reality, they can surprise us at any time, especially if our immune systems aren’t as strong as they could be. Of course, no one wants to be stuck indoors feeling poorly when the sun is shining! Luckily, there are many natural cold and flu remedies that you can try at home yourself.
Zespri SunGold kiwifruit, the vitamin C champion
Zespri SunGold kiwifruit is packed full of vitamin C, a nutrient which is essential for our body’s immune system1. Not only can vitamin C help prevent you from getting a cold in the first place, but it can also help lessen the symptoms if one does strike2. The only mystery left to solve here is how to ensure you are getting enough vitamin C in your diet. Since your body can’t store the nutrient, you need to eat vitamin C rich foods on a daily basis1. Just one Zespri SunGold kiwifruit a day will provide you with the recommended dose3 – and who doesn’t love a delicious bowl of fresh fruit on a warm summer’s day?
Prevention is always the best remed
As the number of candles on our birthday cakes start to increase, so too does our susceptibility to illness and infection4. Of course, we are also getting wiser as the years tick past – which is why we can use smart natural strategies to keep our health on track. The golden rule here is ‘enough’. To give yourself the best chance of avoiding that dreaded cold or flu you must get enough exercise, enough sleep and enough vitamins and minerals through your daily diet4. By making healthy lifestyle choices such as these, you can help your strengthen your body’s natural defences year after year.
Start your day as you mean to go on
No matter how old you get, you never forget what you were always told as a child: breakfast is the most important meal of the day. But there is truth in this sentence – it isn’t just a myth told by pushy parents! Setting yourself up with a healthy start can help keep your immune system healthy. And let’s not forget – breakfast can also be one of the tastiest meals of the day. Take our delicious version of classic poached eggs for example. Made with ham, spinach, yoghurt and Zespri SunGold kiwifruit, it’s the piece of the puzzle you’ve been missing!
- US National Library of Medicine PubMed Health. Vitamin C for preventing and treating the common cold. Available at: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmedhealth/PMH0010777/ (accessed 8 December 2016)
- National Institutes of Health. Vitamin C. Available at: https://ods.od.nih.gov/factsheets/VitaminC-HealthProfessional/ (accessed 8 December 2016)
- USDA National Nutrient Database for Standard Reference, Release 28 (2015). Available from: www.ars.usda.gov/ba/bhnrc/ndl (accessed 8 December 2016)
- Harvard Health Publications. How to boost your immune system. Available from: http://www.health.harvard.edu/flu-resource-center/how-to-boost-your-immune-system.htm (accessed 8 December 2016)