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7 Immune Boosting Foods That You Absolutely Need This Winter

With the holidays around the corner, we are also approaching flu season. Do you fall victim to the common cold or flu each year during the holidays? If so, you should consider including the following 7 foods in your diet to help boost your immune system and fight infection!

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Garlic

Garlic has been shown to be more powerful than antibiotics.  It can help prevent or reduce symptoms of the common cold and flu. Add to your cooking or take garlic capsules.

Ginger

Ginger has anti-inflammatory properties, provides digestive support and soothes stomach aches. Add into your green juice, smoothies, cooking or tea.

Green Tea

Green tea is rich in antioxidants and nutrients that help boost the immune system. It has also been shown to kill bacteria and help with cognitive function. Long term, it has been shown help reduce the risk of various cancers. Make sure to choose organic, loose leaf tea whenever possible.

Coconut Oil

Coconut oil contains antibacterial, antiviral AND anti fungal properties – helping to fight almost any kind of infection. Add a scoop to your morning smoothie, coffee, use as cooking oil or take a spoonful a day.

Fermented Foods

Fermented foods are high in probiotics which help boost the healthy bacteria in your gut so that it can help fight infection. Add sauerkraut, kimchi, kefir or kombucha (fermented tea) into your diet. If you do not like fermented food, it is important to supplement with probiotics.

Bone Broth

Drinking bone broth delivers minerals and collagen to your body to help regenerate cells and boost your immune system. You may drink weekly for prevention or multiple times a day when sick.

Bell Peppers

When we think vitamin C, most of us default to oranges. However did you know that one bell pepper actually contains nearly 4x more vitamin c than one orange? Bell peppers also have significantly less sugar than an orange – 7 grams vs. 23 grams. Vitamin C is known to help boost the immune system and prevent infection.

Look to nature for your medicine this flu season.

About the author:

Shanna Mota, is a Holistic Nutritionist and founder of Live Love Detox. She believes wholeheartedly in the power of food. Her dream is to eradicate preventable diseases using food as medicine and to educate the population on the impact of the foods that they eat.

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5 Reasons Why Pumpkin Everything Is Good For You

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We love fall! The seasons are changing (goodbye heat!), comfort food is back on the menu, and pumpkins become the center of our world. For good reason too, did you know that this special squash and all it’s squash family have crazy nutrients that help your overall health? Specifically some serious anti-cancer superpowers that can help your body fight for it’s right to be in tiptop shape.

Pumpkins are everywhere this time of year, but don’t be fooled by the artificial pumpkin flavoring. If you’re going to go all out pumpkin, be sure to add real pumpkin to that pie, and here’s why.

Lots of Antioxidants

Pumpkin is high in beta-carotene, which converts itself into a very helpful antioxidant. Antioxidants fight free radicals that can cause cancer and other health problems.

Fewer Calories

Pumpkin and squash have a low calories count making them the perfect side dish to fight obesity, a common factor in the development of breast cancer as well as heart disease.

Natural Anti-inflammatory

Pumpkin seeds and winter squash are a good, low-fat, source of omega-3s, making them a good anti-inflammatory food. The combination of this and the antioxidants give winter squash the potential to be a very helpful anticancer food.

High Fiber Awesomeness

Pumpkin is a great source of fiber! High amounts of fiber can bind to estrogen helping eliminate the potentially harmful excess of estrogen that could cause breast cancer and other hormonal issues.

Immune System Booster

Pumpkin is high in vitamin c and beta-carotene (as mentioned above), which creates an immune system power combo for the cold and flu ridden fall and winter season.

Get those pumpkins and squash on your table in a different way and add them to your holiday menu this year, along with all their awesome health benefits.

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7 Important Things You Should Know About Water

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Water is the core of our existence. Every living organism needs it to survive. How much do you really know about the element that keeps us going and all the wonderful things it does for us?

It flows out of our faucets to help us clean our teeth, our dishes and our ourselves. We need it to have fun in the sun and drink it to keep hydrated and healthy, but this precious resource is so much more than we may think.

Only 1% of water is readily available for human use. Crazy, right!?

70% of the world’s surface is covered with water, but 97.5% of that is salt water and the rest of the fresh water is frozen into those big glaciers, leaving us 1% to work with for almost 7 billion people. Our need for water makes it super important for us to be aware of the widespread drought affecting a large amount of the United States. Water is a basic right, but also a precious resource, so conserving it is crucial to our survival.

Here are 7 important things to know when you feel like skipping your water drinking for the day:

Can Help You Lose or Maintain a Healthy Weight

Basically, water makes you full and you eat few calories. This keeps you eating healthy portions and keeps you sufficiently hydrated.

Reduces The Risk of Pimples

Water flushes out toxins in the body that causes skin to inflame which can result in clogged pores and acne.

Can Wake You Up More Than Caffeine

Tiredness and fatigue are two of the most common symptoms of dehydration. If you feel tired try drinking a few cups of water before something high in sugar or caffeine.

Keeps Your Kidneys Going

Our kidneys process over 200 quarts of blood per day. They pull out waste and carry urine to the bladder, but if they don’t get enough fluids they can’t clear away things the body doesn’t need and can lead to infection.

Helps You Finish Your Workout or The Big Game

If you exercise too long without being properly hydrated you get a build-up of chemicals, such as lactic acid, that cause you muscles to tighten up. Drink water before, during and after to prevent muscle cramping and help with soreness.

Is Best From The Tap And Filter

It’s always important to stay hydrated, but crucial during summer. There are more than 2100 contaminants that can be present in tap water, but a well-placed filter can change all of that. Water filters are designed specifically to work with the water coming from your faucet. Go one step further and put a filter on your shower to protect the spongiest organ of all, your skin!

Might Be Worse In A Bottle

Not only is bottled water a waste of plastic, but just like many personal care products it is less regulated than tap water. Tap water is EPA regulated, undergoing tests for things such as e. coli, as well as being required to produce its source and quality testing. Bottled water is not required to meet any of these standards to be distributed.

I would stay and tell you more, but I have to go drink some water! Drink up!

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