Charge Up Your Health – 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.
- 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. Get this Green Tea Recipe.
- 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. Get this Citrus Salad Recipe
- 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. Get this Salmon with Lentils Recipe.
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