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Nibble This to Boost Immunity !!

Enjoying Immune Health

Enjoying Immune Health

Hi Everyone,

Here’s an easy tip to enjoy being healthy while boosting your immune system for the coming Fall ~ Winter season.

A brilliant prescription for revving up your immunity? Yep, it’s just like the old saying: an apple a day.

Studies have revealed that pectin, a special kind of fiber found in apples, may help boost levels of immune-supportive proteins. So crunching one a day could very well help keep the doctor away this cold season.

Immune-System Makeover
Apples aren’t the only source of pectin. You’ll find it in pears, citrus, and other fruit, too. And in a recent animal study, this soluble fiber helped increase levels of interleukin-4, a compound that stimulates production of infection-fighting mast cells. And as a result, munching on pectin weakened illness severity and duration in the test subjects.

A Good Support System
One catch, though: Soluble fiber wasn’t a quick fix. It took about 6 weeks of daily soluble fiber doses to get results. The authors of the study suggest that aiming for 25 to 38 grams of total fiber per day — both soluble and insoluble — would be a good immune-supportive goal. So have an apple a day, but add some whole-grain oatmeal, oranges, and beans to your day, too.

Here’s a delicious way to enjoy boosting your Immune System !

Healthy and Quick Apple Blueberry Crisp

Deliciously Healthy Apple Blueberry Crisp

Deliciously Healthy Apple Blueberry Crisp

1. Apple blueberry crisp can be simple to make: Using a large bowl combine the flour with brown sugar and cinnamon. Toss the sliced apples until well coated.

2. Add the mixture to an 8×8 baking pan that has been sprayed with a nonstick cooking spray, or coated with cooking oil.

3. In a medium bowl, mix the oatmeal with 1/2 cup of flour, 1/4 brown sugar, and the walnuts. Drizzle with the melted butter, and mix thoroughly.

4. Apple blueberry crisp will need more ingredients! Gently drop the above mixture by spoon over apple recipe. It does not have to be perfect, but be sure the mixture is somewhat evenly placed.

5. Add blueberries by dropping 1 or 2 at a time, and tapping gently into the mixture with a spoon.

6. Bake for 45 minutes, checking at 35 minutes. Mixture should be browning at that point. If it is cooking too quickly, turn off the oven, and let it remain for another 10 minutes.

7. Apple blueberry crisp is often preferred served warm. If saving for another time, allow to cool before placing in another container.

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