Fall is coming
by: Dental Assistant Team
It is a bit hard to remember this here in sunny Florida, but fall is coming!
Fall is always a good time to boost our immune system up. We want to avoid catching unwanted colds, the flu and everything else roaming around.
The food we eat such as fruits and vegetables can help strengthen our immune system. Antioxidants can slow down and even reverse some chronic illnesses. So here is what I do:
I eat a lot of foods that are high in vitamin C. Vitamin C is good for the good health of your bones, cartilage and blood vessels. Oranges and citrus, strawberries, papayas, kiwis, broccoli, all dark green veggies, fresh herbs, peppers, all are good examples of fruits and vegetables which are high in vitamin C.
Vitamin E is also very important to support our immune system. For a good supply of vitamin E, I eat: almonds, peanuts, sunflower seeds, and dried apricot.
Another important element of our arsenal is lycopene. Lycopene is believed to be very efficient at reducing the risk of heart disease and lower cholesterol. I get my supply of lycopene eating foods such as: tomatoes, watermelon, pink grapefruit, asparagus and red cabbage.
Lutein is also important. Lutein is believed to support your eyesight and cardiovascular health. Foods rich in color are usually a good source of lutein. For my lutein fix I eat green leafy vegetables like kale, spinach and collard green; as well as fruits such as raspberries, blueberries and cherries.
Lastly, beta carotene. Beta carotene is great for overall wellness. The most common source of beta carotene are carrots, but pumpkin, sweet potatoes, beets, winter squash, and cabbage are a great source of beta carotene as well.
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Article date: Sep. 06 2013
Type: Nutritional Counseling
Location: Boca Raton - Palm Beach County