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Five ways you can boost your health through your diet this winter

You’ll need more than just cover like Bonitas medical aid to keep you well this season. Consider just how many people in your immediate circle have gotten sick with various bugs. Although these are fairly standard and do get passed around, our immunity in winter tends to take a dip with disastrous consequences for many of us. 

In fact, at this time of year, medical aid insurance claims are pretty high due to the likelihood of increased illness. For most people, their medical aid savings have already dried up, especially if there are several members of the family on one policy. Although over the counter cold and flu medications aren’t too costly, prescription drugs like antibiotics can really impact your pocket.

Whether you’re on Bonitas medical aid or have cover with another reputable provider, you need to take extra precautions this season to ensure that you stay out of winter’s clutches. Don’t be at the mercy of flu at this time of the year. Keep up your health with these diet tips.

Make Omega 3 Fatty Acids Your Friend

These healthy fats are perfect for helping to reduce joint pain. When temperatures are lower and you start to feel those aches and pains. As a natural anti-inflammatory, Omega 3s ease stiffness and some studies have even shown that they aid in reducing symptoms of depression. You can find it in oily fish, nuts and seeds.

Say Yes To Fibre

Another way to limit inflammation in the body and increase immune system functions is that of soluble fibre. This also reduces cholesterol and helps lessen your risk of diabetes. As an added benefit, it creates a healthy digestive system too. Reach for apples, nuts and oats to get a good dose of it.

Choose Green And Orange

When picking vegetables and fruits this season, opt for ones that are dark green or orange in colour. These will help give you the best dose of nutrients, healthy sugars and good fats. Think kale, spinach, pumpkin, butternut, orange and melon.

Spice It Up

Onions, garlic and ginger can make any dish a delicious one but beyond taste, there’s a good reason you should be adding them. They contain nutrients that aid immunity. Consider turmeric for example. It is high in curcumin, which lowers inflammation and plays a part as a potent antioxidant. Adding cinnamon to your morning oats or even your cup of coffee will also help you stay healthy this winter. This is because cinnamon contains antioxidants too.

Trust Mushrooms, Nature’s Antibiotic

Cooking with mushrooms is both healthy and delicious. With naturally-occurring anti-biotics found in them, they enable our bodies to battle a host of infections. As a result, mushrooms are often considered medicinal. Although, certain types of mushrooms are healthier than others. This means that you should choose the ones that offer you the greatest nutritional benefits. When you do your grocery shopping, choose shitake or white button mushrooms. They’re delicious in a soup, sauce or even with your roasted vegetables.

Make sure your cover never lets you down

When your immune system fails you, you need medical cover that takes care of your needs without leaving you out of pocket. Is your current policy up to date and if it is, are you happy with your current benefits? The end of the year is approaching and you might want to start considering an upgrade or a new provider. We can help you. At Compendium Insurance Brokers, our team our brokers are knowledgeable and professional to pair you with the product that best suits your needs. For more on our available options or to speak to an expert on 087 285 4040 or send a “please call me”/WhatsApp to 064 753 8910 or email medicalaid@cig.co.za.




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