Boost Your Immune System With These Fruits & Vegetables.
The days are shorter and colder, and you know what that means— cold and flu season is here. If you haven’t been sick yourself, no doubt you’ve already seen some red, runny noses at the supermarket, at preschool pickup, on the underground, or anywhere else you encounter people.
This time of year, it’s a good idea to wash your hands religiously, get plenty of sleep, and eat well in order to stay healthy. When it comes to food, fruits and vegetables are among the best immune boosters you can find. But how they can help you stay well or get well depends partially on when you eat them.
You’re Not Sick: What to Eat to Keep It That Way
Whether someone you know has a hacking cough, or you’re just remembering the bad cold you had this time last year, now is the time to take some preventive measures. Make vitamin C your friend. Many people start to guzzle orange juice when they’re already sick because vitamin C is known for its immune-boosting powers. And it’s true that this vitamin is effective at reducing the severity and duration of upper respiratory illnesses. But it works best if you have adequate stores of vitamin C before you get sick.
Here’s a handy list of fruits and vegetables that are high in vitamin C. A one-cup serving of any of these foods provides at least 100 percent, and in many cases quite a bit more, of the daily value of the vitamin. Keep in mind: vitamin C is destroyed by cooking, so you’ll want to eat all of these foods raw.
- Bell peppers (green, yellow and red)
- Brussels sprouts
- Citrus fruits (oranges, grapefruit)
Both tea and garlic have also been clinically shown to help people avoid colds and flu. That may be because black and green tea contain antioxidants called catechins, while garlic contains allicin, which produces antioxidants when digested.
You’re Under the Weather: What to Eat to Get Well
Despite your best efforts, you will get sick sometimes. It’s a fact of life, especially if you have small kids at home. What should you eat now?
- Keep eating foods rich in vitamin C.
- Try adding some foods high in vitamin A, like carrots, squash, sweet potatoes, and pumpkin. Vitamin A aids in cellular communication, which is important when your immune system is organizing an attack to clear an upper respiratory infection.
- If you’re not feeling hungry it can be easier to sip soup, vegetable juice, or a fruit smoothie than to face a full plate of food, so get your fruits and veggies in liquid form.
- Tea is a good choice during an illness as well as before because it’s soothing on sore throats. If your stomach is upset, try ginger or chamomile tea to settle it.
- And here’s one you may not have heard of: hot fruit juice! According to a study done in 2008, the simple act of drinking a hot liquid provides relief from a runny nose, cough, sneezing, sore throat, chilliness, and tiredness compared to drinking the same beverage at room temperature.
This is also the perfect time to think of stocking up on your fruit, veggie and berry intake in easy capsule form. These are not taken instead of a healthy veggie-laden diet but to boost in easily digestible form to help especially in these immune testing months specifically to help gives us a boost.
I take these all year around, there are multiple benefits to this, but right now I can safely say that I had not had a cold for ages, having just got one it lasted precisely week, I am convinced in myself that taking my daily trio dose has helped in this, which for me means less time off work & more family time when not being holed up in bed sick.
What is also BRILLIANT is that Juice Plus is committed to giving our youngsters the opportunity to a healthier lifestyle and if you purchase the fruit/veggie capsule combo, you can sponsor your own or someone else’s child to receive the equivalent in gummy form (minimum commitment is one year), I think this is such an awesome idea, my kids love them!
It’s really simple: get FREE Juice PLUS+ for your child for one year and keep a simple BEFORE and AFTER diary about what your kid is eating and any changes in lifestyle. The offer is open to parents who are current users of Juice PLUS+.This means for one year you will both get the best that fruits and vegetables have to offer. An unbeatable deal that you can enjoy for up to four years. Young people between the ages of 4 and 21 may participate.
You can find out more about the children’s study here:- Juice Plus Children’s Study
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Until then I wish you a bug-free season!