“An apple a day keeps the doctor away.”
Let this old time adage be your daily reminder during these times of hysteria. While many are taking extra precautions to sanitize their hands, avoid crowds, and even refrain from traveling, some look at the chances of contracting the swine flu and just proceed with life as it was. Whatever your stance is, one of the best defenses against the swine flu, or better yet any allergy or sickness that may come your way, is to build up your immune system. While I can’t guarantee that eating an apple a day will keep the swine flu away, I do know that apples contain an essential vitamin that can provide immunity against diseases.
What is that vitamin? Read the rest to find out more…
Vitamin C is an essential nutrient that is found in apples and many other fruits and vegetables. It also serves as an antioxidant that can prevent cancer and disease. On top of that, it benefits the immune system by protecting your body from sickness. It’s extremely important to get vitamin C in your body everyday because it is a water-soluble vitamin. Unlike fat-soluble vitamins that get stored in your body for future use, water-soluble vitamins travel through your bloodstream for your body to use on the daily. Whatever isn’t used gets tossed in the can (literally). If you didn’t get your dose of vitamin C one day, you may never know what sicknesses are trying to invade your body the next. Gear up and you won’t be sorry.
And, as an added bonus, Vitamin C also helps heal your skin! Cuts and bruises can heal faster when there is vitamin C in your system. It also keeps your muscles, gums, and teeth in good shape. Think of vitamin C like the flyest raincoat ever; not only does it protect your body, it also helps you look good!
You can get vitamin C in your system through vitamin supplements, by eating processed foods with added ascorbic acid, but the best way to get vitamin C is to eat it the old fashioned natural way. All out of apples? No need to eat one everyday, because many other fruits and vegetables contain just as much vitamin C.
Check this list for fruits, vegetables, and even herbs that are high in vitamin C:
* bell peppers
* mustard and turnip greens
* brussels sprouts
* snow peas
Try out these tips to get some C:
* Eat ripe. Fruits that are ripe have more vitamin C than those that are not.
* Like it raw. Some vitamin C content can be lost by in the cooking process, so opt for raw when you can.
* Go for red. Red bell peppers contain more vitamin C than green ones.
* Make addition your mission. Find ways to add vitamin C sources to your favorite meals. Slice strawberries in oatmeal. Top grilled cheese with fresh tomatoes. Squeeze lemon in your tea. Sprinkle grated zucchini in your quesadilla.
Every body is different in their need for vitamin C, so do your research to find out exactly how much your body needs. However, if you’re not getting any, you might want to stick to the old saying and get your apple (or cup of strawberries, or glass of orange juice, or plate of fruit salad….you get the point) EVERY DAY!
As always, ask your doctor or nutritionist for the proper advice that fits your lifestyle.
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