With the winter months rapidly approaching, it is important to keep our bodies strong and healthy to help avoid or prevent the common cold and other illnesses.
According to the providers at Baystate Medical Practices, The common cold is one of the most prevalent illnesses, leading to more doctor visits and absences from school and work than any other illness every year. This year alone, more than one billion people in the US will suffer from colds caused by more than 200 different viruses that inflame the membranes that line the nose and throat causing cough, sore throat, nasal congestion, runny nose and sneezing.
People are most likley to have colds during fall and winter, starting in late August or early September until March or April, said Dr. Mauhammad Gul. The increased incidence of colds as the weather gets cooler may be attributed to the fact that more people are indoors and close to each other. Seasonal changes in relative humidity also may affect the prevalence of colds.
A STRONG IMMUNE SYSTEM CAN HELP!
According to Woodson Merrell, MD, director of integrative medicine at Beth Israel Medical Center in New York City, The strength of our immune system is what makes the difference between who gets sick and who doesn’t. Those with an immune system functioning below base-line normal has an increased risk of getting sick.”
HOW TO KEEP A STRONG IMMUNE SYSTEM
According to Chrissy Wellington M.S., C.N.S., L.D.N., C.P.T article, There is no cure for the common cold or flu, but eating well during this season may help you avoid getting sick. Science is busy discovering links between our immune system and protective components in food.
Here are some top nutritional keys to stay healthy this season:
VITAMIN C- Vitamin C tops the list of immune boosters. There has been more research about the immune boosting effects of Vitamin C than perhaps any other nutrient. Vitamin C is available naturally in many fruits and vegetables.
Unlike most animals that produce their own Vitamin C, the human body does not synthesize any. Vitamin C has substantial antiviral and antibacterial benefits though it’s known for its protective aspects in creating host resistance. The most abundant vitamin C foods are guava, papaya, strawberries, kiwi, cantaloupe, orange and grapefruit.
PROBIOTICS- The live cultures found in yogurt, particularly Lactobaccilus and Bifidobacteria, may be beneficial in enhancing immunity. Having a healthy supply of gut flora increases a person’s white blood cell production and activity. They may also boost the immunity while taking antibiotics, and they supply added protection to those who may have a compromised immune system.
In a recent Swedish study, those who drank a daily supplement of Lactobacillus reuteri (a specific probiotic that appears to stimulate white blood cells) took 33 percent fewer sick days than those given a placebo. Probiotic rich foods are yogurt, kefir, select cheeses and milk, sauerkraut, kim chi and tempeh.
MUSHROOMS- Mushrooms are antioxidant-rich and very high in selenium. Selenium has been studied to reduce the risk of developing a severe flu. Mushrooms are also recognized for there antiviral, antibacterial, and anti-tumor effects. White button mushrooms in particular have noticeably greater immune boosting effects than other mushrooms such as, oyster and shiitake.
HIGH FIBER GRAINS- Oats and barley in particular contain beta-glucan, a type of fiber with antimicrobial and antioxidant capabilities. They enhance resistance to various fungal, bacterial and viral diseases. Beta-glucan is also found in protective amounts in shiitake and maitake mushrooms. Beta-glucan enhances immunity, similarly to echinacea and astragalus root. Beta-glucan binds to macrophages and other white blood cells and activates anti-infection activity by increasing the production of free radicals.
VITAMIN E- Vitamin E has been studied for its production of natural killer and B-cells, the cells that produce antibodies that destroy bacteria. The highest vitamin E foods are green leafy vegetables, sunflower seeds, almonds and blueberries.
USING ATACORA BAOBAB SUPERFRUIT POWDER TO AID IN A STRONG IMMUNE SYSTEM
VITAMIN C- Baobab Superfruit Powder is rich in Vitamin C, a powerful antioxidant that has been linked to lowering blood pressure, bolstering immunity, and less incidence of cataracts and coronary disease. Atacora’s Baobab Superfruit Powder is a great source of whoel food vitamin C.
PREBIOTIC- Atacora Baobab Superfruit Powder is an excellent source of prebiotic fiber and could be probiotics’ best new friend! In order to work, probiotic bacteria need to effectively colonize the intestine. This is where PREbiotic soluble fiber can really help. It helps to create an environment where the bacteria will thrive and work their magic by improving digestion and nutrient uptake.
Baobab pairs very well with yogurt and kefir (see some Baobab recipes) for a “SYN-BIOTIC” positive digestive effect. Its antioxidants, vitamins and minerals may be better absorbed due to this effect. Baobab is also a delicious, whole functional food, not a supplement.
HIGH FIBER- Baobab Superfruit Powder is packed with both soluble and insoluble fiber. Integrating 2 Tablespoons of Baobab Powder into your daily diet offers 16% of the daily dietary fiber recommended. This is very good news indeed, but there is more.
Mixing the PREbiotic soluble fiber with PRObiotics can enhance the beneficial organisims’ effects by virtue of the hospitable intestinal conditions created by the PREbiotic pectin in Baobab. This symbiosis further intestifies Baobab’s superior nutrition!
It is important to have a strong immune system to help fight the common cold and other illnesses. Baobab, the prebiotic superfruit can help by offering high amounts of antioxidant vitamin C as well as soluble and insoluble fiber.