Keeping healthy in the kiwi winter…

Kiwifruit vine captured on one of our tours
Kiwifruit vine captured on one of our tours

New Zealand has so much to offer travellers during the winter season! You don’t want any nagging sicknesses to stop you in your tracks. This blog is a quick guide to foods that will boost your immunity help prevent sickness such as the common cold. They are all easy to access throughout the country; and while they won’t cost you the earth they will help you explore our corner of it to the fullest.

  1. Kiwifruit

Kiwifruit is a relatively big business in New Zealand, and is an iconic fruit. It is also full of Vitamin C. Snacking on kiwifruit not only builds up your defense barriers to fight the bugs, it also tastes great. It is also great in smoothie or on things like cereal. It can easily be sourced from fruit shops and supermarkets.

  1. Shellfish

Trying out the New Zealand seafood delicacies is a well-known must do for travelers. Foods such as crayfish, oysters and crabs are full of selenium which help your white blood cells produce a protein called cytokine. Cytokine helps flush flu viruses out of the body. So, if you were looking for another excuse to devour our delicious seafood, this is it!

  1. Tea

A study out of Harvard University found that people who consumed five cups of black tea for two weeks had TEN times more interferon in their blood. Interferon helps the body fight viruses. Green tea also has the same effect. Endless types of tea are easy to get hold of at supermarkets and most cafes and bakery outlets around the country.

  1. Beef

Beef is another New Zealand icon. It doesn’t get much better than prime New Zealand beef (however we may be a little biased). We are really lucky in New Zealand to have access to good quality meat, so this is definitely something anyone travelling around New Zealand should take advantage of. The zinc present in beef is the main factor that will help bolster your immune, and the great news is that beef can be involved in all types of dishes and meals. It’s also a good one for camper cooker!

  1. Kumara

Kumara, or better known outside of New Zealand as sweet potato is a kiwi favorite and was traditional cooked as part of a Maori Hangi. It may sound unusual, but our skin plays a vital role in protecting the immune system! This is where kumara can help us out. Kumara is rich in beta carotene. Our body turns this nutrient into Vitamin A. Vitamin A helps the skin stay healthy. Kumara can be enjoyed as part of a salad, mixed with other vegetables, as a fritter, as chips, even as a dessert, just to name a few. So stock up on Kumara for the long trips, and if you haven’t tried it already, what are you waiting for?

If you are travelling around New Zealand at the moment or a planning to at any of our stage winter, make the most of the experiences we have on offer, and make sure you stay fueled so that you can keep exploring!