Winter Time!

With winter time right around the corner, we want to stay healthy. Keeping our immune systems functioning properly is key to not getting sick when the cold weather comes. There are many simple ways to do this.

Eating many antioxidant-containing fruits and vegetables will top up your immune system. Choose in season fruits and veggies like broccoli, apples, and potatoes. Vegetables can be easily incorporated into a warm fall soup as well. Mix them with beans or lentils and maybe some meat to make a hardy, immune boosting soup.

Even though the temperature outside is chilly, you still need to drink 6-8 glasses of fluid each day. This includes tea, coffee, and water. Garlic not only adds a ton of flavor to meals, but it is a major disease fighter. Garlic will give the most benefit to your immune system when it’s chopped and then left to stand for 10-15 minutes before adding it to the pan. You are not getting the full health benefit of garlic if it is cooked right after it is chopped.

Vitamin D has been shown to help the immune system. Oily fish like salmon, mackerel, and sardines are good sources of vitamin D. There are also vitamin D fortified milks and yogurts as well. Keeping moving and active can be an answer to anything. Bundle up and go on a walk or use indoor exercise equipment like the treadmill. I hope everyone stays warm and healthy this winter!

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