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Hints To Help Improve Immunity

August 8, 2013

(NAPSI)—The common cold is nothing to sneeze at. Americans in general suffer nearly a billion colds a year and, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, nearly 22 million school days are lost each year due to colds.


What You Can Do


Fortunately, following a few simple tips can help boost your immunity:


• Include vitamin C: From citrus to broccoli, many fruits and vegetables offer high levels of this necessary nutrient.


• Take a supplement: Multi-vitamins and probiotics can help you get more of what might be missing from your diet.


• Stay hydrated: Drinking extra fluids—especially lots of water—helps prevent dehydration caused by cold symptoms.


• Eat foods that are high in essential omega-3 fatty acids, such as chia seeds or ground flaxseeds. Sprinkle them on top of a salad or blend them into your favorite smoothie.


If you’ve never had chia, try this Chia Pudding recipe from Whole Foods Market. It can be a delicious way to introduce it to your diet.


Chia Pudding


(serves 6)


? cup chia seeds


2 cups unsweetened


365 Everyday Value almondmilk or soymilk


½ teaspoon pure vanilla extract


2 tablespoons currants or chopped dried figs or dates (or fruit of choice)


2 tablespoons unsweetened coconut flakes


Put chia seeds, almondmilk and vanilla in a 1-quart glass jar with a lid. Tighten the lid and shake well to thoroughly combine. Or, stir together seeds, almondmilk and vanilla in a bowl. Refrigerate overnight. When ready to serve, stir well. Spoon into bowls and top with fruit and coconut.


Learn More


For further facts, tips and recipe ideas, visit www.WholeFoodsMarket.com.


 


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