Can smoothies help me to not get sick in winter?

No body likes to get sick and frozen smoothies by Super Cubes may be just what the Doctor ordered in regards to helping you with your immune and gut health. Read on to find out if smoothies can help you not to get sick in winter.

Nobody has time to get sick over winter.

But unfortunately, nobody has told that to the viruses and bacteria that love the cold weather!

So frozen smoothies might not be able to cure the common cold or flu.

But they can support your immunity naturally, making it harder for those germs to get the upper hand.

Let’s look at some of the ways that smoothies can keep you well over the colder months.

Smoothies can boost your antioxidant intake in one mouthful

Pretty much everyone knows that vitamin C is needed for your immune system.

But instead of just focusing on vitamin C, I recommend getting a variety of antioxidants as a broad-spectrum support over the winter.

There are countless antioxidants that support immune function.

Vitamin C, vitamin E, beta-carotene, anthocyanins and lycopene are just some examples of antioxidants that influence immunity.

But how do you make sure you get in a variety of antioxidants?

You can do this by eating a rainbow of plant-based foods including;

  • Fruit
  • Vegetables
  • Nuts
  • Seeds
  • Herbs
  • Spices
  • Wholegrains

And how can you include those in one easy meal?

By whipping up a quick and easy, deliciously tasty frozen smoothie!



Smoothies with probiotic ingredients can support your immune system

What on earth do probiotics have to do with preventing infections, I hear you ask.

The answer is simple – around 70-80% of your immune system is found in your gut.

So one of the best ways to keep your immune system in tip-top condition is supporting your gut health and looking after it constantly.

Adding probiotic foods into your diet is one way of ensuring a happy, healthy gut.

Probiotics replenish the good guys in the digestive tract, helping to prevent the overgrowth of the not-so-good guys.

Good bacteria can also maintain the lining of the gut and directly affect the function of specific immune cells, but I’ll spare you the gory details about how they do this!

If you are looking to use smoothies to support immunity, include a source of probiotics in every smoothie.

The probiotic ingredients that taste best in smoothies are milk kefir or any form of yoghurt with live cultures.

If you’re not a fan of yoghurt or kefir, you can use some berry digest smoothie Super Cubes.

These smoothie cubes contain a probiotic strain that has been found to enhance immune function and balance.

Smoothies can be a great source of fibre

Fibre is another ingredient you might not realise is essential for immune health and once again, this goes back to the gut and immune system.

It’s great to put good bugs into your tummy, but just like you, they need to be fed.

And just like you, what they eat affects how healthy the balance is.

Specific fibres have prebiotic properties, which means they feed the good bacteria.

Because you’re more likely to indulge in comfort food or skip salads and fresh fruit over winter, you might not be consuming many sources of prebiotics like you normally would.

So frozen smoothies are an easy way to include prebiotic ingredients into your winter diet.

Here are some good sources of prebiotic fibre to include in your smoothies over winter:

In the Super Cubes range, all of the flavours have at least one dietary source of prebiotic fibre added for you.

Smoothies can help you not get sick in winter

There you have it, smoothies can help you prevent sickness leading up to and during winter by helping improve your gut health and of course, your immune system.

So where can you get an all-in-one frozen smoothie cube that contains probiotics to add into your immune boosting smoothie?

Right here of course at Super Cubes and you can have them delivered to your door as well!

If you need a recipe idea you can use the Super Berry Frozen Smoothie Recipe or look through the large selection of frozen smoothie recipes on the recipe page in the menu.

Finally, subscribe below and keep an eye out for my next winter smoothie tip.

 

Author | Samantha Gemmell
Sam is a Nutritionist, Health Writer and Wellness Speaker as well as being an Author for Super Cubes.
She is passionate about sharing her knowledge and helping people through their journey to health and wellness combining their mindset, nutrition and lifestyle. When she’s not helping people, she enjoys dancing in the rain and cuddling dogs.
Sometimes she does both at the same time.

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