Monday, November 3, 2008

Feed Your Cold - Protect Your Body

Fall season marks the beginning of change.

For some of us ... change our clocks to daylight savings time, weather patterns to cooler temperatures, landscape with the beautiful fall colors, cold and flu season too.

Here we go ... dust off the Kleenex and cough medicine. Have you ever wondered what else you can do? Here are some simple tips and sound nutrition you can give your immune system a boost and banish the sniffles, sore-throat, aches and pains for you and your child.

Have a cup of tea:
The facts Any hot liquid can help break up congestion, but tea has extra benefits. It contains compounds called theophyllines, which open up airways and ease breathing. Some research shows that drinking 2-3 cups of green tea per day also aids in sparking our natural defenses with its high level of polyphenols, a type of antioxidants.. So curl up with a mug of your favorite green, black or herbal tea, and soothe your scratchy throat while you ease your stuffy nose.

Scoop up the yogurt:
The facts unsweetened Yogurt is loaded with probiotics--beneficial microorganisms that settle in your intestines and enhance overall immune function. Yogurt with live cultures also helps promote the "good" bacteria in your body; this is particularly helpful if you're taking antibiotics, which destroy bad and good bacteria.

Up the antioxidants:
Reduce your body’s natural inflammatory response that turns on to battle a cold with stocking up on powerful antioxidants. Choose fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grains, legumes and nuts. Beta-carotene (vitamin A) from food in particular helps heighten immunity and is found in yellow and orange fruits and vegetables such as carrots, sweet potatoes, butternut squash and cantaloupes as well as dark leafy greens.

Remember if you take care of your body, it will take care of you.

Consider this.

Some families find that adding supplements fit more into their lifestyle. If that is the case for you and your family the one as a nurse I feel confident in recommending is the whole food based product Juice Plus+, the next best thing to fruits and vegetables. (

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