Stay Healthy This Winter

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Winter is knocking at the door - You might have noticed more sniffles going on at work. More people out sick It's time for the rest of us to get serious about keeping our bodies strong and healthy to withstand the rigors of winter.

The best thing you can do is build your immune system now. While an overall healthy diet will strengthen your immune system, these foods have nutrients that specifically help your immune system -

Almonds, apricots, broccoli, canteloupe, carrots, celery, chicken, chocolate, citrus fruits, dark greens, eggs, fruits, garlic, green tea, mango, meat, mushrooms, onion, peaches, peanuts, pineapple, pumpkin, spinach, squash, sweet potato, tomato, tomato products, walnuts, watermelon. Think you could manage to choke down a few of these immune building foods everyday?

How about throwing some almonds in your green beans, or on a tossed salad?

Broccoli Salad , Puffy Parmesan Broccoli Bake , Stir-fry Broccoli with Orange Sauce or throw a handful on your tossed salad?

Glazed carrots?

There's a million things you can do with chicken – here's 50 chicken recipes -

You can get some pineapple with your chicken with teriyaki chicken, or sweet and sour chicken.

Occasionally replace your green leaf salad with baby spinach.

Go ahead and go heavy on the garlic and onions!

How about a great Sweet Potato & Apple Salad?

Essential nutrients for your immune system are – Anti-oxidants (especially vitamins C & E and lycopene), Vitamin A, Vitamin D (get out in the sun a little!), Omega 3s, folate, protein, magnesium, and zinc.

It is vitally important to get exercise and reduce stress. Exercise reduces stress, so the two go hand in hand. Breathing exercises and Yoga help too.

Remember that it takes a good 6 months of eating healthy and taking your vitamins before you suddenly notice that you're not getting sick as much, if at all.

Start getting healthier right now!

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