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Staying healthy during the holidays

Dec 24, 2012 - 6 comments
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Winter is on its way and with it often comes a plethora of ailments like colds and flus. Now is the perfect time to start boosting your immune system to prepare for winter.

The body's immune system is affected by many variables such as diet, sleep and health conditions. The one variable we can always control is diet.

There are certain foods that, when accompanied with a healthy balanced diet, can keep your immune system functioning strongly and decrease your risk of catching the common bug.

Here are five great immune-boosting foods to incorporate into your diet this season.

1. Coconut Oil

Rich in lauric acid, coconut oil helps to attack viruses, bacteria, and pathogens. It's also incredibly versatile and can be used in smoothies, as a spread, in salad dressings, or just eaten from a spoon.

2. Mushrooms

Mushrooms are known to help support the immune system, but the ones with the greatest impact are medicinal mushrooms such as maitake, reishi, coriolus, agaracus, and shiitake. These mushrooms contain powerful compounds called beta-glucans, which are proven to help activate the immune system.

3. Berries

Blueberries, raspberries, goji berries, and acai berries all contain high ORAC values (antioxidant capacity) and thus offer protection against free radicals and sickness in the body. Berries also contain essential vitamins, minerals, and dietary fiber—all contributing to overall wellness.

4. Organic Fruits and Vegetables

Fruit and vegetables in general are packed full of enzymes, antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals to help keep your immune system optimized.

5. Matcha Green Tea

Matcha contains a strong concentration of polyphenols in the form of natural chemicals called catechins. Catechins have been found to improve the body's immune response to pathogens. You can enjoy this healthy green beverage all season long.

Stay ahead of flu season with these immune-boosting foods and feel your best this winter.

http://www.active.com/nutrition/Articles/Prevent-Winter-Colds-With-Immune-Boosting-Foods.htm

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by margypops, Dec 25, 2012
Thank you for posting this ...I find amazingly that the fruits and veggies are cheapish this year and I load up ...berries are still expensive however whatever I do I still have coughs, drippy nose and itchy eyes I think mine is due to environmental  allergies that never go away .

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by Dalubaba, Dec 25, 2012
Margypops,
you need to do Jal Neti -a yogic technique where you circulate warm saline water through one nostril to other. I think , google will give all details. You need some help to learn this technique. ENT doctors recommend this technique for chronic cases .

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by Dalubaba, Dec 25, 2012
Merry Xmas.

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by Dalubaba, Dec 25, 2012
As you are a  natural news letter reader, I write give this suggestion to you;
Write on a peace of paper " I am getting free from chronic respiratory problem" or write similar affirmation and keep it in your purse. Let it remain there till you are free from the chronic allergy. You might have read the article on thoughts being objects.

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by NOHARD, Dec 25, 2012
Hi D, its a great post except for me in Greece lots of the things you mention just dont exist here, but I do, do a fruit day each week, and a banana day, drink lots of lemon and honey tea daily and do have a day each week on green tea, but not sure if its the one you say, I just get it from my herb man.
The problem with Greeks there not up on anything herbal, but do love there doctor and the drugs they get from them, My neighbour is amased that me and my wife being mid 60s do not take drugs, for anything?

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by Lekajdes, Dec 25, 2012
Thanks for all the responses, and happy holidays!
Thought I'd share how to stay healthy during the winter months.

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