Fight Back With Food

food-by-thy-medicineFor some of us holidays and weekends are a time to distress, relax, and recharge.  However, for others like myself, it seems that every time I let my body slow down I end up getting sick with flu or cold like symptoms.  Web MD refers to this as “leisure sickness.”  When you stop working, Professor of organisational psychology, Cary Cooper, says: “It’s like a fuse, with your brain telling your body it can switch off, so you get a cold or a headache.”  However, I recently learned a way to fight back against these illnesses, and even allergies, too.  My secret…Food.  Did you know that that what we eat can greatly affect our physical and even mental well-being.  I’ve compiled 5 super foods that can help prevent everything from sickness to allergies and beyond.

1. Clear Allergy Fog: Berries, Apples, Onions

These foods can sometimes be considered like an allergy pill. It’s thanks to a compound called quercetin, which has shown promise in test-tube studies done at Tufts University for preventing immune cells from releasing the histamines that cause those familiar symptoms.

2. Clear Allergy Fog: Nuts And Seeds

Almonds, peanuts, and sunflower seeds are full of vitamin E, which may help reduce the allergic response, explains Today show nutrition expert Joy Bauer, RD. It’s as easy as 2 ounces of sunflower seeds that provide the 15 mg RDA required for adults.

Image3. Survive Cold Season: Tuna, Halibut, Turkey

Selenium, found in tuna, halibut, and turkey, helps build up white blood cells, particularly those responsible for killing bacteria and viruses.  Just one serving of halibut gives you more than 60 percent of your RDA and provides you with mood-boosting omega-3 fatty acids.

4. Survive Cold Season: Fermented Foods

Foods like yogurt, miso, and tempeh (made from fermented soybeans) all contain a beneficial bacteria, aka probiotics.  These probiotics help to keep your immune system strong.  A Swedish study found that having a daily probiotic drink cut workplace sick days by 55 percent.

5. Survive Cold Season: Kale, Spinach, Yams, Pumpkin, Carrots

Vitamin A, prominent in kale, spinach, yams, pumpkins, and carrots, help keep mucous membranes moist and healthy so germs can’t get past them.

The thought that diet enhances mood and wellness may be age-old, but the scientific proof is brand-new. So, turn your grocery list into an Rx for what ails you, using this latest research as your guide.




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