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1 green thing: Tips to help you avoid winter colds
By Jan Herbert
Rockford Park District
Whether you were “green” before the color was fashionable or whether you’re just ready to find the “shade” that works best for you, here’s information about doing just “one green thing.”
If you want to avoid winter colds, here are some easy methods. Get plenty of vitamin C with a daily dose of orange juice, grapefruit juice, or even red peppers (just discover your favorite foods that are rich in Vitamin C by looking online). Or, take a C-supplement, elderberry extract and/or double doses of Echinacea.
Add fresh garlic to your meal preparation. In addition to being good for your health, nobody can be cranky after a meal laden with garlic.
Getting a cold is not the only problem of winter. You can avoid headaches by eating salads…phytonutrients (chemical compounds like beta-carotene that occur naturally in plants) can reduce inflammation in the blood vessels of your brain. Eat 2 cups a day for best results. If you add celery, it is said to have sedative powers.
If you are prone to a general feeling of “being down” during the winter, be sure to find time to exercise, laugh and get enough sleep. Sometimes what you need is an energy boost, so grab some dried fruit or unsalted nuts (like almonds or walnuts). If you eat 1 ounce of walnuts daily, the natural omega-3 oils will provide energy AND improve the elasticity and natural moisture in your skin.
Your shopping list for winter health could be citrus (orange or grapefruit juice), fresh vegetables, and salad makings, including carrots and celery, garlic bulbs, dried fruit such as apricots or raisins, and unsalted almonds. Change out the juice for slices of grapefruit or oranges, and you could make a great salad! Make a good-for-you dressing with oil, vinegar and some fresh garlic juice.
For more information, e-mail Jan Herbert at JanHerbert@Rockford-Parkdistrict.org.
From the December 2-8, 2009 issue