With the holidays behind us, we find ourselves in the slower days of winter. Lazy afternoons are often spent curled up with a good book or enjoying favorite TV show reruns. Our bodies seem to crave more rest and relaxation after the busy past couple of months. We find ourselves indoors more, sharing common spaces with our family and friends.
It is also during this time that our immune systems are challenged with the ever-looming cold and flu season. One easy way to combat germs is through a healthy, vitamin rich diet. It is not a secret that vitamin C has been shown to strengthen our immune systems, but did you know it also lowers hypertension, heals wounds, helps maintain skin elasticity and offers protection against cardiovascular and eye disease? WOW…pass the orange juice please!
Fun fact: While citrus fruits are an excellent source of vitamin C, one cup of red bell pepper contains three times more of this valuable nutrient than an orange!