Monday, January 19, 2015

Winter Wellness: Tips for a Healthier You!

Too often winter begins with a sniffle, peaks with a holiday hangover, and ends with the blues. Not this year! Here's what you can eat, take, and do to stay healthy all season. 

Charge Up Your Health

I Have a Sore Throat and Feel a Cold Coming On. Help!

Indoor air breeds colds and coughs, but common-sense therapies -- like eating fruits and veggies and scrubbing hands clean -- are still the most effective way to keep germs at bay this winter.

Studies have shown that green tea (steeped 3 to 5 minutes) is the best food source of catechins, plant compounds that halt oxidative damage to cells. Flavor it with fresh, anti-inflammatory ginger and pomegranate for an extra nutrient punch.


What Foods Should I Eat to Up My Immunity?

This citrus salad with mint is bursting with vitamin C, and your body absorbs extra cold-fighting antioxidants from the combo of pink grapefruit, which also contains the phytochemical lycopene, and healthy fats like those found in cashews.

How Can I Beat Back a Blue Mood This Winter?

"The holidays are a perfect storm for mild depression," says Evangeline Lausier, MD, of Durham, North Carolina. Thanks to too many obligations, and cold and dark days, it's common to feel a dip in serotonin levels. 

Omega-3 fatty acids, found in oily fish (such as salmon and sardines), have been shown to improve cognitive function. Lentils, meanwhile, are a rich source of the amino acid tryptophan, a precursor to serotonin.

The Flu Gets Me Every Year. How Can I Stop It?

Influenza comes on like a freight train, with high fever, headache, fatigue, chills, body aches, and respiratory illness. Since it's difficult to treat, start protecting yourself now.

Douse free radicals and repair and strengthen immune cells with a cascade of antioxidant- and nutrient-rich foods. Prepare a meal with any of these immune-boosting flu fighters: mushrooms, red bell pepper, sweet potatoes or pumpkin, garlic, Brazil nuts, whole grains, and beans.

I'm Exhausted! How Can I Get My Energy Back?

Spreading yourself thin is an invitation for illness, as fatigue muffles immune response. Keep your body in fighting form with the following stay-strong strategies

Maintain a balance of whole grains, lean proteins, healthy fats, and fruits and vegetables. The nutrient-rich sardine crostini shown here boost energy by stabilizing blood-sugar levels and preventing the dramatic dips that lead to lethargy.

How About this Postparty Hangover?

Restore, rehydrate, and recover with these natural remedies.

Plant foods are high in antioxidants and other compounds that help reduce the oxidative stress alcohol causes. To feel like yourself again, try a restorative breakfast of oatmeal with walnuts (omega-3s help reduce inflammation) and blueberries (packed with polyphenols and vitamin C). 

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