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Stay Healthy This Autumn

As the days gradually cool down, the leaves turn from green to red, yellow and orange. This change reminds us of the importance of including colorful foods in our meals on a daily basis. These colored foods, especially the bright-colored fruits and veggies, contain antioxidants which can help prevent many diseases. Also, savings can be made when shopping fruits & veggies that are in season.

Some examples are:
Fruits: apples, grapes, kiwi, mandarin, passion fruit
Veggies: cabbage, carrots, cauliflower, cucumbers, potatoes

To fight off any winter ills, you should enhance your immune system by eating well. Include the following foods into your autumn eating to cover these important nutrients:

-Zinc (lean red meat, seafood (oysters), milk, grains, lentils, nuts)

-Vitamin E (nuts, seeds, vegetable oils)

-Vitamin D (spending time in the autumn sunshine)

-Iron (meat, legumes, fortified breakfast cereals)

-Vitamin C (fruits and vegetables)

In these cooler days, try to be more active. The sun’s rays will be weaker, which will help you to spend more time walking, cycling and playing sports in the direct sun without the risk of sunburn and this in turn will be good for your vitamin D levels.

Christelle Bedrossian
Dietitian-Nutritionist
Beirut, Lebanon

 

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Dietitian Christelle Bedrossian