The Health Benefits of Acerola

What is acerola? It’s a cherry-like fruit packed with nutrients. Acerola has been shown to help fight cancer, aid digestion, support the cardiovascular system, boosting immunity, preventing and managing diabetes, prevent aging, boost brain health, support strong bones and teeth, promote good vision and prevent fatigue.

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The Health Benefits of Mango

Mangos are packed with more than a dozen types of polyphenols (antioxidants) that can help prevent cancer. Mango is also full of Vitamin A which helps to boost the immune system. Vitamin A is also the key to healthy, moisturized skin and hair. Recent experiments show that mangoes help to regulate blood sugar levels. And the leutein and zeaxanthin found in mangoes are good for healthy eyes.

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The Health Benefits of Oranges

Oranges are a fantastic source of vitamin C and pectin which aids in digestion and is thought to lower blood cholesterol and to bind to cancer-causing substances in the colon. Oranges are also rich in the antioxidants hesperetin, naringin and naringenin which boost the immunity and scavenge free radicals. Oranges are a good source of Vitamin A which help maintain healthy skin and eyesight.

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The Health Benefits of Cranberries

Cranberries have long been known for their health benefits because they are packed with fiber, iron, calcium, potassium, and vitamins B and C. Numerous scientific studies show that cranberry juist can be effective in preventing urinary tract infections. They also booth oral health and prevent gingivitis, gum disease, cavities and plaque buildup. Cranberries help sustain cardiovascular health and have been shown to prevent peptic ulcers. Cranberries are high in vitamin C which helps boost the immune system making you less likely to contract a virus, cold, the flu or other infections.

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5 Ways to Boost Your Immune System – 5

5. Get Some Sun
Sunlight triggers the skin’s production of Vitamin D which helps fight respiratory infections. In the winter months, it is difficult above the Mason-Dixon line to get an adequate amount of sun, so if you live north of there, consider a Vitamin D supplement.

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4. Eat Plenty of Vegetables, Fruits, Nuts & Seeds
Eating a diet rich in fruits and vegetables improves antibody responses that help fight illnesses. If you’re not a big fan of fruits and vegetables, try JuicePlus. It’s a nice alternative to broccoli.

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3. Drink Less Alcohol
Alcohol impairs the immune system and increases vulnerability to lung infections such as coronavirus. A glass or two here and there is stress relieving to many, but more than that increases stress on your liver and immune system.

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2. Manage Your Stress
Stress is another thing that elevates the hormone cortisol which suppresses immune function. Keep to your deadlines, but allow yourself more time to complete projects. Leave a little early for work so you don’t have to worry about arriving on time. Limit your contact with people who are stress magnets. If you’re feeling particularly stressed, take a walk, close your eyes for 10 minutes, or open a book. Anything to break the cycle of stress and stress reactions is good.

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5 Ways to Boost Your Immune System – 1

1. Get Enough Sleep
Sleep deprivation increases the hormone cortisol which suppresses immune function. It’s hard for many busy, working people to get enough sleep, but if you haven’t already, develop a limiting bedtime routine: limit your water and food intake, limit the time you spend in front of screens (TV, computer or phones), limit your thoughts to anything that isn’t worrisome or stressful. Getting at least 7 hours of sleep is best for most adults. 8 hours would be even better.

Staying Healthy Through the Flu Season

Now is the time to get a flu shot, before the peak of the flu season which occurs in February most years.

For older adults who have chronic conditions such as diabetes or heart disease, the earlier you get your vaccine, the better, as older adults often have more complications from the flu than younger people.

Pregnant women should also get the flu shot early. Pregnant women have complication rates from flu as high or higher than older adults. The good news is a vaccinated mother also protects the baby for the first 6 months of life.

If you’re afraid of needles, there is a nasal spray alternative, although the nasal spray has been shown to be less effective than the shots.

Older adults are sometimes misdiagnosed when they really have the flu. Often times, older adults don’t develop classic-influenza signs like fever. The symptoms are often explained away as a worsening of other chronic conditions. If you feel bad enough to go to a doctor during the flu season, ask that he/she test you for the flu.

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