Seasons seem to be a recurring pattern in our lives. There are the four seasons of spring, summer, fall, and winter. There is baseball season and football season, there are seasons of being single, being married and having children, and the season of being older with grandchildren. But let’s not forget the cold and flu season, which is blazing it’s trail everywhere. Chances are that you, or someone you know, has felt the nasty effects from the flu or the common cold. Experts at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have warned that the country’s early flu season hasn’t reached it’s peak yet.
Whether or not you received a flu shot, you still have time to incorporate these raw fruits and vegetables into your daily meals to keep yourself and those around you from waking up prostrate with a high fever, chills, sore throat, and a headache.
- Raw Acai (Ah-sigh-ee) – Raw açaí is a purple berry that grows in the Amazon Rainforest and has been a staple source of vitamins and nutrients for native Amazonians for centuries. The fruit tastes like a vibrant blend of berries and chocolate, and is packed with polyphenol antioxidants, amino acids, and essential fatty acids.
- Raw Tomatoes -Raw tomatoes contain the rare and strong antioxidant lycopene, which is an essential nutrient for the body’s lymphatic system. Tomatoes are also a great source of vitamin C, which boosts the body’s immune system.
- Raw Citrus Fruits -Raw citrus fruits—such as grapefruit, orange, lemon, and lime—have high concentrations of vitamin C and flavonoids, both of which bolster the body’s white blood cells and immune system.
- Raw Garlic – Raw garlic is an herbal “wonder drug,” as it has antibacterial, antiviral, and anti-fungal properties. Garlic also contains the active ingredient allin, which hinders free radicals from spreading throughout the body.
- Raw Papaya – Raw papaya contains 313 percent of your RDA (recommended daily allowance) of vitamin C, and 67 percent of your RDA of vitamin K, which is necessary for healthy blood circulation and the vitality of the body’s organs.
- Raw Ginger – Raw ginger has carminative properties, so it clears out the body’s intestinal track and makes it more robust. Ginger is also a warming herb, which means it improves blood circulation, reduces inflammation, and soothes the respiratory system.
- Raw Avocado – Raw avocado is a potassium-rich fruit and the best-known source of vitamin E, an essential vitamin that protects against many diseases and helps maintain overall health. Avocados also have high concentrations of glutathione, an important antioxidant that improves the body’s ability to absorb nutrients.
There are, of course, many other things you can do to keep your body healthy, properly nourished, and running efficiently, but this will get you going. If you find yourself frequently coming down with a cold or the flu, have yourself checked, especially your thyroid. It’s important to change your habits, and not continue what you’ve always done in the past.
The best defense is a good offense. Isn’t that what they say during football season? Take control of your health this season, before you are sacked on the sidelines by illness.