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Eating the Rainbow (Part 3)

heart made out of fruitsOne of the most important things we can do for our immune systems is to eat a healthy, balanced diet.

But what exactly does this mean?

For starters, it’s all about eating the rainbow—and we’re not talking about Skittles candy. Think about going to the grocery store—all of the fresh fruits and vegetables are usually beautiful colours—red peppers, orange mango’s, yellow bananas, green zucchini, and blueberries. What do all of these vegetables and fruits have in common? Not only are they ‘pretty’, but they’re packed full of antioxidants, vitamins and other important nutrients.

Typically, you will find all of this fresh produce on the perimeter of your grocery store.

Eating the rainbow isn’t the only thing you can do for your immune system when it comes to nutrition—the other thing you should consider is limiting sugar and junk food. Why? Added sugar can cause inflammation in the body, which takes energy to try and combat—energy that could be better used to fight off a virus.

How can you easily tell if something might have added sugar? Items wrapped in plastic are typically a good indicator—protein bars, granola bars, candy and more. While we do think that it’s ok to treat yourself here and there, find new ways to do so—like choosing tea over sugary coffee and so forth.

We hope you have found our series of posts helpful, and we cannot wait to see you back in the practice. We wish you health and safety during this time and please know that we’re here for you, as always.

This is Part 3 of this blog series. If you missed the beginning, check out Part 1 and Part 2.

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