Winter health is dicey. These 4 amazing foods can help keep you from getting sick. Many people get sick when the temperatures drop. Add large amounts of stress and errands during the holidays. It’s reasonable to imagine the possibility of more doctors visits. Instead of waiting for a cold or flu to develop. Let’s try to prevent them.
Health can improve with optimal diet, rest, stress management, and exercise. We examine foods and beverages high in antioxidants; a must in everyday life.
Amazing Foods Stuffed With Antioxidants
Antioxidants are important because they inhibit free radicals from damaging healthy cells. The result is prevention of further damage to DNA or cell membranes.
Imagine: antioxidants plugging a leak in the dam protecting the village. If the leak isn’t fixed, the result could be disastrous. The leak will get bigger and water will flood the village. Choosing these beverages and foods are a great way to plug that leak.
Cocoa is the main ingredient in the making of chocolate, but don’t start scarfing Hershey Kisses. Cocoa is a rich source of flavanols and procyanidins both antioxidants. Eat dark chocolate that is at least 75-90% cocoa dark chocolate. Avoid brands that are “processed with alkali.”
Blueberries have a different array of antioxidants such as: beta-carotene, vitamin E, vitamin C selenium, and polyphenol. Mix your berry intake with blackberries and raspberries. Since berries are more plentiful in the summer, freeze them.
Catechin is the main antioxidant in green tea. Green tea has been linked to reduction of bad fats (LDL) and has positive effects on obesity. Green tea also has antibacterial, antiviral, and anticancer properties. Curl up with a hot cup of tea with a teaspoon spoon of honey and a lemon wedge to soothe a sore throat or as an alternate to coffee.
Allicin is the major player in garlic along with other healthy compounds. Garlic has shown to be antiviral and antibacterial. Additionally, studies have shown the potential benefits of garlic with cardiovascular risk factors like high blood pressure. Cook with it!
There you have it. Add these foods, sleep, and regular hand washing. No magic bullets exist for perfect health. Moreover, no such thing exists. Try your best, and reap the benefits.