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Healthier 2021: Laura’s Boosting Her Immune System

This put up seems as a part of our Healthier 2021 collection, during which we observe three WebMD group members as they attempt to enhance their well being this yr. You can observe their journeys right here.

By Laura J. Downey

This previous summer time, my main care physician informed me that my white blood cell depend was unusually low. That got here as no shock to me as a result of for years, it has at all times been decrease than the common vary. But it did make me ask myself what I may do to assist get my below-average quantity up.

You see, white blood cells assist the physique struggle off infections. So because it stands, my physique is ready to struggle, but it surely’s not bringing it’s “A game” to the battle. And with flu season right here and COVID-19 lurking, I can’t afford to take any possibilities. After all, I’m a younger 43, and I’ve a number of life left — I’m not going to let a low white blood cell depend knock me out for the depend!

Knowing that vitamin C is a go-to for reinforcing the immune system, I made a decision so as to add some citrus to my life — however not simply any ol’ citrus would do! It’s been mentioned that blood oranges had been put aside for royalty, so I naturally gravitated towards the regal fruit with its tasty raspberry taste. A couple of days later, I obtained a field straight from a farm in California full of Moro blood oranges! OK, so the title sounds tremendous creepy, however I promise you, this pure mutation of the usual orange is value a strive.

If you’re into high-quality eating like I’m, you’ve most likely been served a dish accented with a blood orange or savored a cocktail with the attractive blood orange as a garnish. I digress. Back to my field of citrus heaven. When I opened the package deal, I sliced a blood orange in half and bit into it. First of all, after I reduce it open, the brilliant pink pigment was so fairly! I needed to take a photograph. It’s positively Instagram-worthy so I’ll make sure you put up the picture this week. Second, after I bit into it, a burst of juicy sweetness crammed my mouth. Can you say, “Delish?!” Third, the dietary advantages are invaluable.

A 70-calorie blood orange is filled with vitamins, together with potassium, fiber, vitamin A, and the antioxidant anthocyanin (which supplies the orange that lovely pink coloration). I’m trying ahead to together with one in my subsequent meal, a pan-seared halibut recipe. With simply quarter-hour of preparation time and 10 minutes to cook dinner, I can deal with myself to a wholesome meal full of all of the issues which might be good for my physique (together with my pores and skin — bye-bye wrinkles!).  

I’ve by no means actually been an orange — not to mention a blood orange — lady, however now I’m offered! So should you’re in search of methods to spice up your immune system or simply need to add a sweeter contact to supper, seize this satisfying citrus, which is in season until May. Orange you glad I shared this data with you?

Laura J. Downey is the manager editor of WebMD Magazine. She hopes this weblog will assist others see that each small step can result in a extra well-balanced, healthful, and fulfilling life. For extra on her journey, observe her on Instagram 



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