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December 2, 2013
| Boosting the Immune System for the Holidays
Do you have friends who always seem to be sick around the holidays? This reminds me that with the flurry of social activity and travel to see family and friends both near and far, the holiday season can also be the season of colds and flu.
That’s why this is the time of year it is particularly important to include immune-boosting foods as part of your Healthiest Way of Eating. Included among these foods are those fish rich in omega-3 fatty acids (such as wild salmon and sardines), which help reduce inflammation, increasing airflow and protecting lungs from colds and respiratory infections. Fruits and vegetables rich in vitamins C, E and pro-vitamin A (such as spinach), and vegetables like onions, provide antibiotic protection and serve as anti-inflammatory agents. The selenium and zinc found in nuts and seeds are also supportive of immune function by assisting in the production and function of white blood cells that help ward off illnesses and infections.
The flip side to eating healthy foods to build a healthy immune system is avoiding foods that detract from immune function. At the top of this list are sugar and refined grains. Did you know that based on USDA estimates, the average American consumes 12 teaspoons of sugar a day, which equates to about TWO TONS of sugar during a lifetime! And one 12 oz. can of soda contains 8 tablespoons of sugar. Refined grains, while not directly delivering sugar, provide few nutrients for the calories they contain and are quickly converted into sugars in the body. Refined grains also contain little of the natural fiber of the whole grain from which they came; fiber helps remove toxins from the body that would otherwise need attention from your immune system.
By changing to the Healthiest Way of Eating, I have personally not experienced a bout of cold or flu in about ten years. not even when I travel!
The Latest News About Walnuts
Researchers are convinced – more than ever before – about the nutritional benefits of walnuts when consumed in whole form, including the skin. We now know that approximately 90% of the phenols in walnuts are found in the skin … The Latest News About Walnuts.
| Food of the Week . . . Walnuts
Did you know that just one-quarter cup of walnuts contains over 90% of the daily value for those hard-to-find omega-3 essential fatty acids? They are called "essential" because they are a special protective type of fat that cannot be manufactured by our body and therefore must be supplied by the foods we eat. Researchers believe that about 60% of Americans are deficient in omega-3 fatty acids, and about 20% have so little that tests cannot even detect any in their blood. The list of benefits derived from omega-3s is impressive, ranging from improving cholesterol levels and reducing the risk of stroke to acting as anti-inflammatory agents and improving brain function and bone density. A very large study just published in the New England Journal of Medicine (November 21st) found that regularly eating nuts, such as walnuts, lowers risk of death from cancer, heart disease and respiratory disease. Those eating nuts 7 or more times per week lowered their risk of death by 20%! Enjoying walnuts as part of your Healthiest Way of Eating not only adds wonderful taste and texture to your meals, but it is an easy way to include more omega-3s into your diet. Walnuts also contain ellagic acid a compound that supports the immune system and appears to have anticancer properties.Read more … Walnuts.
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