Tip 1: Honey, Please (Allergies):  Having honey in your system from bees in your area can make you less susceptible to allergic reactions from pollen. Try 1 to 2 teaspoons in a daily cup of herbal tea, mix in with some Greek yogurt, or drizzle some on top of fresh fruit.

Tip 2: Mean Greens (Cancer Prevention): Green veggies are packed with vitamins like C, E, K, and even different types of B. These vitamins, along with antioxidants, help protect your body’s cells from damage. Go green by making fresh salads with kale and spinach. Have a nice Sunday dinner with cabbage, collards, or turnips. Be sure to flavor your greens with garlic and onions to detoxify the body.

Tip 3: Whole in One (Colon Health): Did you know that whole grains lower your risk of heart disease and help maintain your weight? Try to add three servings of whole grains to your diet each day. Try whole grain rice in a variety of colors. Other good sources of whole grains include oatmeal, cereals,  breads, barley and quinoa (pronounced keen-wah).

Tip 4: Ginger! What a Nice Spice (Immunity): Ginger doesn’t just help soothe an upset stomach. It also helps to decrease inflammation and boost your immunity. Ginger has been shown to give some a release from arthritis pain and others relief from the common cold. Ginger also aids in removing toxins from the body. Add some spice to your life by juicing ginger to add to your beverage, chop it finely to add to a salad, or have it with sushi.

Prevention is your best defense when it comes to warding off diseases. Food choices can make a world of difference in your overall wellness. Remember to choose options that are not only good to you but for you. –dr. caree j. jackson

Caree J. Jackson earned a Ph.D. in foods and nutrition from the University of Georgia. She is a registered dietitian and licensed esthetician. For more information and nutrition tips, please visit Dr.Caree.com.

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