Fight winter colds and flu naturally by eating seasonally.
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!
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