Stress, aging, hectic schedules, lack of sleep….you name it! As the year come’s to an end, all your holiday stress may have caught up with you — and suddenly you have the sniffles, sneezing and a runny nose.
Stress can weaken our bodies’ defenses and compromise our immunity, and as we are in the midst of winter, the flu may lurking around the corner. It is imperative you care of yourself and your family. Kids Eat Right has just what you need to know to beat the bug.
Read on for some of Nutri-Savvy’s tips :
Get plenty of Vitamin C…Vitamin C acts as an antioxidant by helping eliminate disease-causing free radicals. It is required for collagen, an important structural component of blood vessels, tendons, ligaments, and bone. It also plays an important role in brain function, mood, and energy. Below is a table of whole foods that contain Vitamin C:
|Food||Serving||Vitamin C (mg)|
|Orange juice||¾ cup (6 ounces)||75|
|Grapefruit juice||¾ cup (6 ounces)||60|
|Strawberries||1 cup, whole||82|
|Sweet red pepper||½ cup, raw chopped||141|
|Broccoli||½ cup, cooked||58|
|Potato||1 medium, baked||26|
Boost your immunity with Probiotics….70% of your body’s immune system is located in the digestive tract. Probiotic cultures in yogurt and probiotic drinks can help optimize the gastrointestinal (GI) tract and better regulate the digestive system for healthier function. Try Activia probiotic lowfat yogurt and DanActive probiotic dairy drink.
Eat a balanced diet….Whole foods such as fruits & vegetables, legumes and grains contain the vitamins and minerals necessary to sustain a healthy body. Fish, eggs, lowfat diary products and lean meats provide the proteins we need for our muscle tone and tissue integrity. Healthy fats such as walnuts, olive oil and flax oil have beneficial omega 3’s good for heart-health, mood and brain function. (Walnuts also contain an antioxidant compound,ellagic acid supporting immunity and said to be cancer preventative.)
Stay hydrated….Water is nature’s purest source of hydration, and drinking water is cleansing for the body. Though it has been recommended 8 glasses per day (varying according to the individual), we can get 20% of our water needs through fruits and vegetables as they are high in water content. This winter season; consider fruits such as apples, oranges and grapes; and vegetables such as red leaf lettuce, kale, squash and cabbage.