Cure: Celery or
from theinside out is the key to healthy skin. Eating
high-water-content foods, such as celery or cucumbers, will help. Dip
veggies in hummus or nut butter for a low-calorie, high-protein snack.
For variety, you can swap them out for radishes, tomatoes or broccoli.
Fruits such as watermelon, oranges and grapefruit will do the trick as
Honey has long
been used for medicinal purposes. During the winter months when sore
throats are common, itís smart to have honey in the cupboard for
symptom management. Mix 1 tablespoon of honey into a hot cup of a tea
for fast-acting sore throat relief. It may even help suppress that
nagging cough. Do not give children younger than 12 months honey
because of the risk of infant botulism.
Powder or Cayenne Pepper
soups and cocoas will warm you up, but to really add some heat keep
chili powder or cayenne pepper on hand. Capsaicin, the active
ingredient in both spices, causes an increase in internal body
temperature and keeps us warm on cold winter nights. Chili is an
obvious vehicle, but try stirring some spices into your morning eggs
or sprinkling them on thinly sliced sweet potatoes for flavorful baked
sweet potato chips. Symptom: Weak Immune System
available during winter months, squash is an excellent source of
vitamin C and fiber and a good source of potassium. Vitamin C and
fiber both have cancer preventative properties, and potassium can
combat the actions of sodium in the body and help to lower blood
pressure. Squash also contains high amounts of beta-carotene and
alpha-carotene, antioxidants that promote a healthy immune system.
variety of squash in half and roast in the oven until soft. Remove
skin, dice the flesh of the squash and toss in olive oil and cracked
black pepper for an easy side dish. Squash also makes an excellent
topping for a winter kale salad. Also try replacing traditional pasta
with spaghetti squash in your favorite pasta dish.
Canned salmon is
a great item to have in your pantry because itís a good source of
vitamin D and omega-3 fatty acids, shown to enhance brain function and
improve mood. Vitamin D is hard to come by in Wisconsinís winter
months and the bones in canned fish contain lots of vitamin D. The
omega-3s also can help ward off other winter ailments.
You can top a
Nicoise salad with canned salmon or make salmon tacos with corn
tortillas, salsa, arugula and guacamole.