Winter is coming ….boost your immune system

The spud is a great food to fight of colds.

The spud is a great food to fight off colds.

Winter is almost here and all types of lurgies and viruses are waiting to make us sick. Now is the time to boost your immune system.

Up to 80% of your immune system lives within the gut. So how do you keep a healthy happy gut and stop the winter blues stopping you in your tracks?

EAT SPUDS.

The humble potato and a cold cooked one at that. Spuds are one of the best foods for feeding our gut bacteria. Cold baked potatoes are high in resistance starch, glorious food gut bacteria. These little microbes help keep the immune system functioning at an optimal level.

So eat cold spuds. Boost your immune system.

Here are some other health benefits:
• Favourite food for colon cells
• Aids in the prevention of colon cancer
• Helps to control blood glucose levels
• Lowers blood cholesterol levels
• Helps with weight management, and weight loss by:
– Shuts down our hunger hormones so helps with appetite control
– Increases calories burnt, so aids fat burning

Go forth and flourish, eat cold spuds.

Wait… these will make me fat! Won’t they?

No, they won’t because it is what you put on them that does that.

Cook your spuds ‘natural’, do not put oil or fat on them, it is this combination that causes you to gain weight. Just scrub and wash them, place them in the oven and cook for 30-60 minutes, depending on their size, allow to cool, and eat with salt or your favourite salsa. No fat or oil or butter or cream or cheese. Just plain; and at least 5 hours away from any form of fat. This is important.

Enjoy a healthy happy winter.

PS. If you find yourself having succumbed to a virus or a winter illness, and you have taken a course of antibiotics, eating cold spuds will re-inoculate your gut bacteria. A must to have after all antibiotics, for at least 7 – 10 days.