Discover the 4 pillars of a healthy immune system
Zespri Green kiwifruit
It’s time for a quick quiz!
Question: Which of the following are related to the immune system?
- Protection from infection
- Healing and repair
- Recovery from exercise
- Mental health
Answer: All of the above!
It’s quite incredible how many aspects of our health depend on a fully-functioning immune system. So, how can we keep ours in tip top shape?
Pillar 1: FOOD
Zespri™ Green kiwifruit tick all your nutrition boxes. When it comes to boosting immunity through food, the key phrases to look out for are ‘diverse fibre’, ‘colourful plant foods’ and ‘essential vitamins and minerals’. Luckily for you, all of these can be found in one cute and tasty package: Zespri™ Green kiwifruit!
Pillar 2: SLEEP
Zespri™ Green kiwifruit is the breakfast you’ll want to wake up to. The quality and quantity of shut-eye we get has a direct impact on the health of our immune system. It’s not rocket science – we all know we feel stronger and more resilient when we’ve had a good night’s sleep. Don’t get obsessed with achieving the ‘magic 8 hours’, instead try to go to bed and wake up at the same time every day. And when you do rise and shine, make sure you’ve got a couple of Zespri™ Green kiwifruit to look forward to.
Pillar 3: MOVEMENT
Zespri™ Green kiwifruit can help you refuel and recover. We often think we must be working up a sweat to feel any benefit, but actually the most important thing is to make sure we’re moving our body regularly throughout the day. Basically, if you realise you’ve been sitting still for too long – get up and wiggle! And if you do decide to exercise more rigorously, make sure you refuel your workouts with foods to improve the immune system. Time for a kiwifruit omelette...
Pillar 4: STRESS
Zespri™ Green kiwifruit will put a smile on your face. Stress affects us all in different ways. It’s not just mental, but physical too. The chemicals that are released into our bloodstream when we experience tension or anxiety can actually weaken the immune system. We need to relax! Sit down with friends to enjoy a leisurely brunch at the weekend. Minimise stress by choosing simple and delicious recipes like this one for green kiwi marmalade. Mix it with fruit, spread it on a bagel… the options are endless.