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Humidity Could Keep You Well This Winter

It’s no secret that people are more prone to contract illnesses during the winter months. According to researchers, one of the main reasons for this is low humidity. Anyone who lives in the South knows humidity is lower when it’s cold outside, but how does cold air affect our immune system?

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Effects of Cold Winter Air

Low humidity causes three changes in the respiratory system.  First, microscopic hair cells in the lining of the airway do not catch viral cells and mucus as effectively. Second, low humidity reduces the ability of the body to repair respiratory cells in the lungs damaged by viruses. Lastly, the immune system is unable to communicate properly via interferon cells. Interferon cells communicate threats of foreign bacteria or viruses. Without optimal communication from the nervous system, each of the mechanisms above will suffer even more. Thus, it’s important to remove Structural Shifts off the nervous system.

Find a Humidifier for More Humidity

There are other factors in play when people get sick, but there is typically and increase in illnesses as the humidity drops. In addition to proper hand washing and coughing techniques, the use of humidifiers in schools, workplaces, and home could help.

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A Cup Of Blueberries Per Day Reduces Heart Disease

Everyone knows that fruit and vegetables are part of a healthy diet. However, some fruits and vegetables may be more beneficial than others. Research shows that a cup of blueberries a day reduces risk factors of cardiovascular disease heart disease.

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Blueberries and Metabolic Syndrome

Researchers set out to see how blueberry consumption affects Metabolic Syndrome. Diagnosis of Metabolic Syndrome is when a patient meets 3 of 5 criteria. The criteria include: high blood pressure, excess fat around the waist, high triglycerides, low levels of good cholesterol, and high blood sugar. 1 out of 3 people have Metabolic Syndrome. In this study, researchers followed 138 obese and over-weight participants. Participants were given one of the following: a placebo, ½ cup blueberries, or 1 cup blueberries. 

Drops In Cardiovascular Disease Rick

The results show cardiovascular disease risk dropped 12-15% when participants consumed 1 cup of blueberries.  Unfortunately, consuming ½ cup of blueberries does not show any improvement. Anthocyanins, a compound responsible for berries color, is the main reason for the reduction in cardiovascular disease.  Certainly, powerful anthocyanins will be in cherries, blackberries, pomegranate, and raspberries. In addition to healthy fruits and vegetables, a balanced diet of lean protein and whole grains is important too.

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