Fight winter colds and flu naturally by eating

Have you ever wondered why fruits and vegetables are seasonal.
Why you can get fresh strawberries in the summer or pumpkins in
the fall? With today’s technology and transportation, of course, we
can get any fruit or vegetable at any time but at what cost? Farmers
have to pick the fruit early before it is ripe for shipping so it will not
rot. This deprives us of the nutrients we would have gotten had it
ripened fully on the vine.

Maybe there is a purpose as to why certain fruits and vegetable are
grown and harvested at certain times of year. For instance, fruits
that are readily available in the summer, when it is hot outside, have
a water content between 80% and 90%, which can help add a
healthy and radiant glow to the skin and prevents dehydration. They
are also full of the essential vitamins we need in the summer such
as Vitamin C which helps prevent sunburn and, as an antioxidant,
helps prevent sun cancer.

In the fall and winter, gordes are in season. They are full of vitamin
A and C. The vitamins that we will need to fight off colds and the flu.
Other sources of Vitamin A (beta-carotene) are carrots, pumpkin,
sweet potatoes, winter squashes, apricots, broccoli, spinach,
mushrooms (the only fruit and vegetable that contains Vitamin D)
and most dark green leafy vegetables.

Why does this matter?

Vitamin A seems to stimulate the immune system and the production
of white blood cells and lubricates your mucous membranes (lungs
and sinuses).  Adequate intake of vitamin A on a daily basis will
keep the immune system up and ready to fight back, especially
when some kind of infection, like the flu or a cold hits.

Vitamin D is another cold and flu fighting vitamin .  A Vitamin D fact
that most people don't know is that it is a powerful immune system
controller. Some recent Vitamin D Research led the journal 'Science
News' to call it "The Antibiotic Vitamin!" This theory suggests that
the seasonal nature of flu symptoms, almost always in the
wintertime, is because of rampant low Vitamin D levels at that time of
the year affecting the rate of natural antibiotic production and thus
decreasing the effectiveness of the immune system. The only fruit
and vegetable that contains Vitamin D is mushrooms-a traditionally
winter vegetable.

So eat seasonally for all the health benefits it provides!


                 Winter- January, February

Avocados, Broccoli, Brussels Sprouts, Cabbage, Chinese
Cabbage, Cauliflower, Celery Root, Chicory, Fennel,
Grapefruit, Greens, Wild Mushrooms, Mandarin Oranges,
Sweet Oranges, Pears, Spinach, Sweet Potatoes

                 Spring- March, April, May

Asparagus, Avocados, Basil, Beans, Beets, Berries,
Broccoli, Cabbage, Chinese Cabbage, Cucumbers, Radish
Head or Iceberg Lettuce, Mangoes, Okra, Sweet Oranges,
Papayas, Peas, Chile Peppers, Sweet Peppers, Rhubarb,
Shallots, Spinach, Summer Squash, Turnips

                 Summer- June, July, August

Apricots, Basil, Beans, Beets, Berries, Cherries, Corn,
Cucumbers, Dates, Figs, Grapes, Mangoes, Melons, Okra,
Peaches, Chile Peppers, Sweet Peppers, Plums, Summer
Squash, Tomatoes, Watermelon

                 Fall- September, October, November

Apples, Broccoli, Brussel Sprouts, Cabbage, Chinese
Cabbage, Cauliflower, Celery Root, Chicory, Cranberries,
Cucumbers, Dates, Fennel, Grapes, Greens, Head or
Iceberg Lettuce Leaf, Lettuce, Mushrooms, Nuts, Okra,
Mandarin Oranges, Pears, Chile Peppers, Sweet Peppers,
Persimmons, Pomegranates, Quince, Shallots, Spinach,
Winter Squash, Star Fruit, Sweet Potatoes

To see the vitamin content of seasonal fruits and vegetables click
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