It’s the question on everyone’s lips now that the nights are drawing in and the cold dark mornings are upon us; how can we keep illness at bay? 

Cold weather can exacerbate health problems and this time of year is a breeding ground for coughs, colds and flu-like symptoms too. 

But there are ways we can help ourselves! Keeping warm, staying active and eating well, including delicious fresh produce are just a few of them. 

Keep healthy during winter 

Making sure your body is fuelled with all of the right stuff can go some way to ensuring that you limit the time that you feel under the weather this winter. 

Arm yourself with extra Vitamin C and good quality food through increasing the amount of fruit you eat daily. Fruit is a great source of vitamins, antioxidants and minerals including vitamin C, potassium and folate. The antioxidants found in fresh fruit can contribute to a healthy immune system which in turn helps fight off unwanted illness. 

The NHS recommend consuming a minimum of five fruit or veg portions per day, as there are significant health benefits associated. 

What can you do? 

There are many ways to increase the amount of healthy fresh produce you consume on a daily basis. 

Incorporating additional citrus into your diet can aid with the function of a healthy immune system, so when you’re craving a sugary treat, why not reach for a tasty Moroccan Clementine or Nadorcott. 

Other easy ways of upping your intake of good-stuff is to eat a highly nutritious fruit salad for breakfast, make sure you include pineapple, kiwi, melon and a healthy squeeze of lemon and lime for a great start to the day. 

Varied fresh diet 

A varied diet of fresh fruit and vegetables full of rich vitamins, minerals and antioxidants are required to keep you functioning during the winter break. 

We all know that oranges are a natural superfruit and crammed with vitamin C, but what do they actually do for your immune system? You can find out in our blog from earlier this year. 

The Jupiter Group is a leader in the global fresh produce market. Ranked 17th in the 2020 The Sunday Times HSBC International Track 200, Jupiter grows and supplies new and traditional varieties of grapes and citrus alongside melons, pineapples, limes, avocados, kiwi, blueberries and cherries. 

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