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Seven ways to stay healthy this winter.

by Shea Homes Colorado on January 22, 2016

 

Here we are in the doldrums of winter, with January mostly behind us and all of February ahead. Prime time for the sniffles or worse, right? Well, not necessarily. Consider taking a few preventive measures, such as the seven very doable suggestions below. Good news: becoming a germophobic, surgical mask-wearing hermit is not required.

1. You are what you eat. No kidding.
More and more, research is confirming what moms have been saying forever. Healthier foods make a healthier you. So, which foods provide the best prevention?

According to this article on FamilyCircle.com, fresh fruits, veggies, lean meats, and fish are healthy choices year-round, but according to Bonnie TaubDix, R.D., these foods give an extra boost to your body’s infection-defeating abilities. Carrots, bell peppers, kale, broccoli, sweet potatoes, and squash are beta-carotene powerhouses that protect the lining of the nose, trapping germs before they can infect you. In a study at the University of Florida, people who consumed two cups of green tea daily for three months had 32% fewer colds than those who didn’t. Nonfat Greek yogurt boosts immunity with high protein and live and active cultures. One serving of salmon contains up to 1,000 IU of vitamin D, which a University of Colorado, Denver, study found can stave off colds. In another recent study, people who took a daily garlic supplement had 36% fewer colds over the course¬†of a year.

Eating locally may be even more important than eating organically, says WebMD.com.  Because the trip from farm to table is faster, a head of locally grown lettuce, for example, may be more nutrientdense than one shipped coast to coast.

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Also, a diet low in refined sugar strengthens the immune system and can potentially protect the body against cold and flu, says Alan Gaby, M.D., who specializes in nutritional medicine. “Some doctors have observed that people who reduce sugar consumption have fewer infections and are generally healthier overall,” he says.

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