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How to Protect Skin From the Inside Out

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When we think of fall and winter, we think about snuggling up with a hot cup of cocoa in front of a fire place, or grabbing a pumpkin spice latte and dressing up for the holiday season. What we definitely don’t think about is not being able to get out of bed because of stuffy noses and irritating coughs! The flu season comes around every year, yet our bodies never seem prepared for it! The excitement of the holiday season always leaves us unprepared for the downers that come with it.
We all know that the high content of vitamin C in citrus fruits will help your immune system fight off the flu, but there are a few of nature’s other gifts that are packed full of nutrients to help us through our cold. Here are some you can try to help get you in tip top shape:
1. Ginger is one of Mother Nature’s most potent anti-inflammatory remedies. This root has been used over the ages to treat many ailments like indigestion, nausea and the common cold and flu. Ginger inhibits the growth of bacteria in the body, helping fight off respiratory infections, and the anti-inflammatory properties get rid of aches in the body associated with the flu.
2. Ginseng has been used for thousands of years as herbal medicine for allergies and inflammation. It also provides relief from fatigue. The root is similar to ginger in the way that it fights the flu, but works better as a preventative measure rather than a cure. Studies on ginseng have found that it can help battle respiratory infections that can lead to pneumonia and bronchitis.
3. Chia seeds are a popular and loved by all health nuts. These seeds are packed full of antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties, which can help counter the symptoms of the flu. Chia seeds also help with digestion; digestion problems can hinder the absorption of nutrients and lower immunity, making getting rid of the flu a mission.

Carrots and leafy greens like kale and spinach are great beta carotene-packed additions to your meals, even breakfast smoothies. In particular, leafy greens are high in the antioxidants lutein and zeaxanthin. These have been found to protect against wrinkling, sun damage, and even skin cancer.
I focus on making sure that my diet is high in micronutrients from vegetables, omega-3s, and fat-soluble vitamins from fish, and monounsaturated and saturated fats from plant and animal sources.

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