But with great winters come great big germs. With the weather cooling down, our immune systems certainly take a beating. It’s exactly when we want to crawl under a doona and hibernate that we need to maintain a healthy lifestyle - this means plenty of sleep, regular exercise and eating properly (so perhaps now is the right time to grab the Marley Spoon Fruit Box we’ve just launched!) Here at Marley Spoon, we promote eating well and eating right - and our culinary team have pulled together our top five immunity-boosting foods to fight that cold, no matter who you get stuck next to on the train to work! GarlicEating raw garlic releases a compound called allion/allicin which boosts the number of virus fighting cells in the bloodstream. If you’re feeling the start of a sniffle, chew a raw clove every 3-4 hours, or swallow like a pill. Kissing not advised. Tip: If chewing garlic makes you gag, try cooking your meals with plenty of garlic. PumpkinWithin that gorgeous orange colour is a strong antioxidant known as beta-carotene which fights off harmful bacteria. Pumpkin also contains Vitamin A which improves immune functions. Tip: If you don’t like pumpkin, beta-carotene is found in every orange coloured fruit and vegetable. But what’s better than a warm pumpkin soup? Kiwi FruitOur fuzzy fruity friend is filled with loads of vitamins that will boost your immune system in no time! Kiwi Fruit contains vitamins C and E. Vitamin C increases the production of antibodies and white blood cells, which helps fight against infection. Whilst vitamin E is required in the body for production of immunoglobulins. Tip: Throw some kiwi into your morning muesli or smoothie. Hot tip: Marley Spoon now offers a fruit box filled with delicious seasonal fruit! GingerTo put it simply, ginger is filled with only great things - antioxidants, anti-inflammatories and anti-microbial properties that boost the immune function and combat cellular damage. Ginger also stimulates digestion and bowel function. Tip: Make a lemon, honey and ginger tea to soothe the soul! Just grate a 10g piece of ginger with a slice of lemon and dollup of honey. OrangeLike pumpkin, oranges are filled with beta-carotene, which means it’s filled with Vitamin A. Oranges are also filled with Vitamin C, an antioxidant that increases white blood cells. Tip: Fresh orange juice is the nectar of the gods. DIY or grab some at your local cafe.