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Ed Sheeran: How the Grammy-Winner Lost 50 Pounds – Showbiz Cheat Sheet

Posted: April 4, 2020 at 4:45 pm

Ed Sheeran struggled with his weight after becoming a successful musician but with some changes to his lifestyle, the 29-year-old singer-songwriter lost 50 pounds.

Thanks to Sheerans estimated net worth of $110 million, he has the means to hire a personal trainer or a nutritionist. But it seems the U.K. natives fitness transformation came from making tweaks to his daily life.

In 2019, while on the British running podcast, Behind The Medal, Sheeran opened up about his weight loss journey. He shared how hed been indulging too often on tour and what worked for him to get (and keep) the extra weight off.

With Sheerans hectic schedule it became hard for him to stick to a routine. As his career in music took off, exercise became an afterthought.

I didnt even touch exercise for a long time, he said. I was really into sports as a kid and then started music and started smoking and then it all kind of went out the window.

Sheeran soon found himself reaching for fattening foods and alcohol after every one of his performances. He confessed that the U.S. dates on his tours were especially unhealthy.

You finish a gig in America, you get a tray of chicken wings, sit in the back of the bus, watch The Simpsons, drink a couple of bottles of wine, but then thats every single day, he said.

He continued, saying his Multiply tour that ran from Aug. 2014 to Dec. 2015 and his Divide tour from March 2017 to Aug. 2019, were especially challenging for him.

I kind of ballooned to like 15 or 16 stone (about 210-224 pounds), Sheeran said, according to Today.Now hes 50 pounds lighter weighing in around 168 pounds.

In a radio interview with Total Access on Signal 1 in 2017, Sheeran said he continued his unhealthy diet even after he stopped touring, which led him to gain weight.

I didnt realize how active I was on tour, Sheeran said. My diet was pizza and beer, but because I was doing two hours a night I was really in shape. Soon, Sheeran noticed a difference in his body.I stopped touring and carried on my diet of pizza and beer. Suddenly I didnt fit in anything, he added.

Sheeran gave up smoking around 2016 and started adding cardio to his daily routine as a way to jumpstart his weight loss.

Theres no way to check emails or watch TV shows, he said about running outside. You are either with someone talking or thinking and its a really good thing.

He also said he didnt start out running for long stretches of time. Instead, Sheeran began doing small bursts of cardio.

I did ten minutes a day without fail intervals of 30 seconds sprinting and 30 jogging, he said. The key is to not miss a day, so you dont have to do an hour.

The award-winning musician shared he used to feel self-conscious about his body after reading mean comments from online trolls and because of that, he went from one extreme on the scale to other before finding a happy middle ground. Now, Sheeran exercises regularly.

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Ramadan: new research sheds light on fasting and weight loss – The National

Posted: April 4, 2020 at 4:45 pm

People fasting over Ramadan lose an average of 1kg in weight, UAE researchers have found.

Scientists analysed data going back decades to study the impact on body mass during the holy month.

The project involved academics from the University of Sharjah along with colleagues in Bahrain and the UK.

Researchers analysed 85 papers published between 1982 and 2019, covering more than 4,000 people across 25 countries.

We end up with the conclusion that for all these people there was a small-to-medium effect [on their weight], said Dr Moez Al Islam Faris, an associate professor of human nutrition at the University of Sharjah and one of the studys authors.

There is no external source of energy, so the body will provide the required energy from its internal energy store

Dr Moez Al Islam Faris

This is good to have such a reduction. Any reduction in body weight is good for the health, for the cardiovascular system and general health.

This year, Ramadan is expected to begin on Thursday, April 23.

Importantly, Dr Faris said weight loss during the holy month was not down to individuals eating less but instead due to changes in how the body metabolises fats when fasting.

Writing in the European Journal of Nutrition, researchers said that fasting, on average, resulted in a 1.022kg weight loss in non-athletic people.

Although modest, the loss is still statistically significant and offers potential health benefits.

The loss was attributed to a reduction in body fat as well as a loss in body fluid.

The team also found that weight loss tended to be greatest when Ramadan fell in summer, when the time between the pre-dawn suhoor meal and the post-sunset iftar meal can be more than 17 hours. People also tend to lose more fluid during the summer as they sweat more in the heat.

In winter, when the fasting time can be around 12 hours, weight loss was least. A persons sex or age did not have a significant impact on weight gain or loss, the study suggested.

Dr Faris said Ramadan weight loss was in part due to a depletion in the amount of a carbohydrate called glycogen stored in the liver.

If glycogens stores are reduced, the body utilises stored fats as a source of energy by releasing substances called fatty acids into the blood. The liver then takes these fats to use in energy production

There is no external source of energy, so the body will provide the required energy from its internal energy store, said Dr Faris.

This energy store, the very short-term energy store, maybe declines in a few hours. Adipose [fat] tissue is a major source of energy. Body fat stores are a source of energy in fasting from 12 hours up to 15 hours.

Other analysis by Dr Faris and his colleagues found that fasting reduced waist circumference and blood pressure.

It also increased the level of high-density lipoprotein cholesterol, often referred to as good cholesterol as it cuts the risk of heart problems or stroke.

Additionally, researchers found fasting was linked to a reduction in biochemical indicators of inflammation and oxidative stress, both harmful biochemical changes that can be linked to cancer.

However, Dr Faris, who co-wrote the paper with Dr Haitham Jahrami from the Arabian Gulf University in Manama, Bahrain, said that the effects of Ramadan fasting showed a wide variation between studies, and some people put on weight.

This can be partly explained by genetic variation and geographical differences, because the length of fasting depends on the timing of sunset and sunrise, which varies with latitude.

People may also put on weight if they eat to excess after breaking the fast.

They go for a kind of binge eating. In terms of eating through all the night, its not healthy and its not actually following the guidance of our Prophet Mohammed," Dr Faris said.

You can get more benefits in keeping modest in your eating behaviour and spending more time in worship and doing good deeds.

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Most diets help you lose weight but stop working after a year: Study – The Indian Express

Posted: April 4, 2020 at 4:45 pm

By: Lifestyle Desk | Updated: April 4, 2020 7:19:33 pm Most diets stop having the desired effects after 12 months, says study. (Source: Getty Images)

Following a particular diet to lose weight? Research suggests most diets are likely to stop having the desired effects after a year.

Published in the journal The BMJ, the new international study based its findings on the results derived from 121 trials with nearly 22,000 patients. The average age of these patients was 49 and each of them followed a popular diet, from Keto to Mediterranean, or an alternative control diet. They reported weight loss and changes in cardiovascular risk factors, reported Healthline.

The study found that most macronutrient diets followed over six months resulted in moderate weight loss (about four to five kilos) and improvements in cardiovascular risk factors like blood pressure.

The Mediterranean diet was found to have the maximum positive impact on cholesterol levels. Those who followed the Atkins diet (low-carbohydrate) reported the most weight loss at six months. After 12 months, however, the effects largely disappeared.

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People can lose appreciable amounts of weight in the short term, and weight loss is associated with a decrease in risk factors. However, with time, people tend to gain the weight back, and in 12 months theres no benefit in terms of blood pressure and cholesterol, lead author Gordon Guyatt, McMaster University in Canada, was quoted as saying by newscientist.com.

Since it really doesnt matter which diet you use, you should pick the diet most appealing to you. The biggest challenge youll face is to maintain the diet, Guyatt added.

Another 2018 study published in the journal Medical Clinics of North America also showed that more than half of the lost weight was regained within two years while 80 per cent of the lost weight was regained in five years.

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Boost Immunity And Lose Weight With This Lemon-Mint-Ginger Detox Water (Recipe Inside) – NDTV Food

Posted: April 4, 2020 at 4:45 pm

Lemon-Mint-Ginger Detox Water Recipe: This refreshing drink is a treasure trove of nutrients

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At times our humble kitchen pantry does not get the due it deserves. It is often packed with superfoods that could bolster you from within and impact your overall health. Seasonal fruits, veggies and herbs are incredibly rich in a number of vitamins, antioxidants and minerals. You can have them separately or combine the goodness of some in one drink. Yes, you heard us! Detox water is a great way to make the most of the healing foods that are present around you.

In the detox water recipe that we have here, you would need some lemon slices, orange slices, pineapple cubes, cucumber cubes, fresh ginger, mint leaves, ice cubes and water. This summery and refreshing drink is replete with health benefits and can do wonders, especially for your immunity, weight management, digestion and kidneys. Here's why:

1. Orange: The citric fruit is brimming with vitamin C that is responsible for strong immunity system and good skin. Oranges are also low in calories. Its rich anti-inflammatory properties help ease discomfort that comes with injury or swelling. The high potassium content of orange helps promote stable blood pressure levels.

(Also Read:6 Benefits Of Fresh Orange Juice, From Weight Loss To Healthy Skin)

The citric fruit is brimming with vitamin C

2. Lemon: Lemon is also a treasure of the antioxidant vitamin C. If consumed in good amounts, it could lead to healthier skin, stronger immunity and blood pressure levels. Lemons also help increase iron absorption and are also good for weight loss.

3. Pineapple: A treasure trove of thiamin, riboflavin, vitamin B-6, folate, pantothenic acid, potassium, manganese and magnesium, pineapple is easily one of the healthiest fruits you can add to your diet.

4. Cucumber: The vegetable is all water and nutrients. Did you know that about 95 percent of cucumber is just water?! Speaking of calories, cucumber contains only 16 calories per hundred grams as per USDA.

(Also Read:Cucumber Nutrition: Amazing Cucumber Nutritional Facts And Health Benefits)

The vegetable is all water and nutrients

5. Mint leaves: Mint's volatile oil menthol may help boost your digestion, give you fresh breath and ease cold, and keep nasal congestion and headaches at bay. Mint's anti-inflammatory properties also help relieve irritation caused by coughing.

6. Ginger: Ginger is a traditional remedy for cold, indigestion, flatulence and nausea. According to the book 'Healing Foods' published by DK Publishing House, ginger comprises gingerol that has "analgesic, sedative, antipyretic and antibacterial effects, another component zingerone is an antioxidant."

(Also Read:9 Incredible Uses And Health Benefits Of Ginger - From Digestion To Flu And Cold)

Ginger is a traditional remedy for cold, indigestion

You can rule out the ice cubes if you have sore throat and fear of catching a chill. You can also rule out a few ingredients, if you do not have them at your home. The idea is to make a quick and refreshing drink. There's always room to experiment. However, make sure you only use fresh fruits and herbs. Detox water is a great way to keep yourself hydrated. A steady inflow of fluid ensures healthy skin, toxin-free kidneys, sustainable weight loss, balanced blood sugar levels and more.Here is the full recipe of detox water, make it at home and let us know how you liked it.

(This content including advice provides generic information only. It is in no way a substitute for qualified medical opinion. Always consult a specialist or your own doctor for more information. NDTV does not claim responsibility for this information.)

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Week In Sports: Rerouting Resources, And Planning For Fall Football – North Country Public Radio

Posted: April 4, 2020 at 4:45 pm

There have been dramatic spikes in demand for sedatives, pain medications, paralytics, and other drugs that are crucial for patients who are on ventilators.

The president's son-in-law and senior adviser has emerged as a key figure in the Trump administration's response to the outbreak.

There are lots of questions about the novel coronavirus that we try to answer, including whether we should wear masks, if the U.S. is testing enough and if there's a drug that can treat COVID-19.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo said New York, the epicenter of the coronavirus outbreak in the U.S., is still waiting on its order from federal authorities. But others have stepped in with some 1,140 ventilators.

Officials in France and Germany have accused the U.S. of intercepting medical supplies as President Trump ordered an American company to stop exports. Governors complain of a "wild west" in bidding.

The federal agency will start producing a weekly update based on testing and reports from doctors and hospitals around the country of people being getting pneumonia and diagnosed with COVID-19.

Unsubstantiated claims drawing links between the pandemic and the communications technology are troubling British telecom authorities. At least three fires have been reported amid these rumors.

More than 3,300 people have died of COVID-19 in China since the coronavirus surfaced there late last year. On Saturday, residents expressed their grief for the neighbors they've lost so far.

Few episodes in American government have left as permanent an imprint on the national memory. And perhaps none has left so much of a visible legacy on the American landscape.

But other cases may have to be decided sooner, among them those involving subpoenas for Donald Trump's financial records, and cases involving the Electoral College.

Politicians give speeches and scary headlines fill the news, but somehow life pushes on for New Yorkers.

The soulful artist behind a number of 1970s hits died Monday of heart disease. He created all of his hits in a 14-year recording career before walking away from the music business.

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Weight Loss Tip of the Week: How to Eat Idli to Lose Weight (Watch Video) – LatestLY

Posted: April 4, 2020 at 4:45 pm

Idli For Weight Loss (Photo Credits: Pixabay)

Weight loss doesn't always mean to eat bitter food bland in taste. There are a lot many delicious dishes and food items which can help you stay healthy and also aid in the weight loss process. In order to lose weight, it is necessary to include food items, which can keep the body full for a longer time. Having said that let us speak about idli. In this week, weight loss tip, we will discuss properties of idli which can help you shed some kilos.Weight Loss Tip of the Week: How to Eat Chickpeas to Lose Weight.

Idli is considered to be one of the most famous favourite breakfast snack. The South Indian delicacy is often paired with lip-smacking coconut chutney and mouth-watering sambhar. The best about idli is that it is steamed and easy to digest. Idli is recommended by various health experts as a healthy snack. Now let us see below, how idli can help you in the weight loss process.Sprouts For Weight Loss: All That You Should Know About Sprouting of Moong Beans And How They Help.

As idli is not fried, it is very low in grease content, this itself makes it relatively low in calories. However, it must also be noted that the rice content used in most of the idli preparation may not go well for people who are on a strict diet. Therefore urad and oats can be the best alternative. Oats idli will enrich the body with protein and fibre, which are best for weight loss. Protein helps in developing lean muscles in the body, which in turn increases the metabolic rate. While fibre will contribute to slow digestion and keep the stomach full for a longer time.

Healthy Oats Idli Recipe

As idlis are rich in fibre, they can also help in keeping your digestive tract in place. Also, note that one ingredient is not fully responsible for fat loss or weight loss, it is necessary to follow an overall healthy diet supported with regular physical exercise.

(This article is written for an informative purpose and should not be substituted for medical advice. Kindly consult your doctor before trying any tips.)

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As Jails And Prisons Reduce Populations, Advocates Call On ICE To Do The Same – North Country Public Radio

Posted: April 4, 2020 at 4:45 pm

There have been dramatic spikes in demand for sedatives, pain medications, paralytics, and other drugs that are crucial for patients who are on ventilators.

The president's son-in-law and senior adviser has emerged as a key figure in the Trump administration's response to the outbreak.

There are lots of questions about the novel coronavirus that we try to answer, including whether we should wear masks, if the U.S. is testing enough and if there's a drug that can treat COVID-19.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo said New York, the epicenter of the coronavirus outbreak in the U.S., is still waiting on its order from federal authorities. But others have stepped in with some 1,140 ventilators.

Officials in France and Germany have accused the U.S. of intercepting medical supplies as President Trump ordered an American company to stop exports. Governors complain of a "wild west" in bidding.

The federal agency will start producing a weekly update based on testing and reports from doctors and hospitals around the country of people being getting pneumonia and diagnosed with COVID-19.

Unsubstantiated claims drawing links between the pandemic and the communications technology are troubling British telecom authorities. At least three fires have been reported amid these rumors.

More than 3,300 people have died of COVID-19 in China since the coronavirus surfaced there late last year. On Saturday, residents expressed their grief for the neighbors they've lost so far.

Few episodes in American government have left as permanent an imprint on the national memory. And perhaps none has left so much of a visible legacy on the American landscape.

But other cases may have to be decided sooner, among them those involving subpoenas for Donald Trump's financial records, and cases involving the Electoral College.

Politicians give speeches and scary headlines fill the news, but somehow life pushes on for New Yorkers.

The soulful artist behind a number of 1970s hits died Monday of heart disease. He created all of his hits in a 14-year recording career before walking away from the music business.

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The Vertical Diet: a nutritionist explains all you need to know – cosmopolitan.com

Posted: April 3, 2020 at 6:52 pm

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If you're into the gym in a big way, specifically bodybuilding, you may already be familiar with a new eating plan that's gaining traction, known as 'The Vertical Diet'. We asked registered nutritionist and dietician, Susie Bond, from Health First, to explain whether or not the diet is safe, who typically does it and what foods are included.

The Vertical Diet was designed as a muscle-building, performance-based diet for bodybuilders. However, it's recently been marketed as a weight-loss diet for casual gym-goers. "For background, the diet was developed by pro powerlifter/body builder Stan Efferding to help build muscle and fuel athletic performance," says Susie. "To do this, the diet consists of nutrient-dense foods that meet the body's need for vitamins and minerals and easily digested carbohydrates for energy."

The Vertical Diet is named as such because it's pictured graphically as an upside-down T. "Imagine that the base of the T is represented by foods rich in vitamins and minerals, and the vertical portion of the T is made up of red meat and white rice," notes Susie. Essentially, the basis of the diet is that it allows people to consume larger amounts of food without getting full, resulting in higher calorie consumption and more energy. It's also very heavily focussed on meat, so isn't suitable for vegetarians or vegans.

"To follow the diet as written, a person would consume small amounts of a limited selection of foods daily, with the primary source of calories coming from red meat and white rice," explains Susie.

Foods you can eat on the Vertical Diet:

Foods to avoid on the Vertical Diet:

Fans of the eating plan say one major benefit is that it allows athletes to consume high amounts of calories and nutrients to increase energy, muscle growth and strength, without causing digestion issues. "However, the diet is extremely restrictive and doesn't allow room for all the necessary nutrients your body needs," adds Susie. "Many of which are essential for digestive health."

The cons include:

"The Vertical Diet is more of a short-term, performance-focused diet, not necessarily a lifestyle change," says Susie. "It's important to note that the main reason people follow it is to support muscle growth and digestion in bodybuilders." Bodybuilders, weightlifters, and athletes see the diet as a way to increase calorie consumption, but maintain gut health, on a temporary basis.

"Generally speaking, the Vertical Diet is highly restrictive and doesn't allow for enough of the nutrients your body needs to stay healthy," says Susie. "The diet places a focus on red meat as the primary source of your protein, but high red meat consumption is linked to heart disease, some cancers, kidney problems and digestive issues." Overall, a more balanced and nutrient-rich diet is a healthier option for the average gym-goer.

"Depending on the individual's nutritional needs, the Vertical Diet can be helpful for bodybuilders, competitive weightlifters and athletes that need to support muscle growth," notes Susie. "It could be useful to people looking to lose weight but there are healthier diets that can help someone lose weight that don't cut out so many beneficial nutrients."

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Edge: The Real-Life Diet of the Wrestler Whos Returning to the WWE at 46 Years Old – GQ

Posted: April 3, 2020 at 6:52 pm

What did that first step look like?

I tried a few, but I found a meal prep company that I will use for the rest of my life: Nutrition Solutions. That changed everything. I started eating their meals, stuck to them religiously, and then I started seeing the changes. It also caused me to put in work at the gym, because my body was feeling better. I was seeing the transition, seeing the change. You know, I was 250 pounds. Suddenly, I found myself at 220.

And this is all before you even had the idea of making a return to the ring?

It was. I just wanted to get healthy. And as I started to get healthy, it really started dawning on me. Like, Hold on a second. I feel great! Im doing these fight scenes on Vikings [Ed: a show on the History channel, Edge plays a character named Kjetill Flatnose] and feeling fine. Im wiping out on my mountain bike and feeling fine. I can look fine, but feeling fine is a different thing. I realized wrestling might actually be possible again. But it all started with the diet.

Can you give some examples of meals that are part of your new diet?

In the mornings leading up to the Royal Rumble, Id have six hard-boiled eggsjust the whites. Then I would do Nutrition Solutions protein pancakes and a Daves English muffin. That was my breakfast, and three hours later, I would have my first proper meal. Throughout the day, Id usually have two or three more proper meals. Lots of rice and chicken, and my last meal would typically be meat and a vegetablelike five ounces of sirloin and asparagus.

Was it tough for you to get used to eating some of the same types of meals fairly regularly?

Im a creature of habit. I could truly eat the same thing every day. Im okay with that. But Ive also found products that really help keep me sane. Like Bolthouse Farms. They make these yogurt-based salad dressings that have very little fat and very little carbs. You put a little bit on your rice and it does so much to add some flavor in there without any huge macro imprint.

And then, if Im watching TV at 9 or 10 oclock at night and feeling like I just need a snackyou know when you just want that crunch? I found this company called the Cereal School, and they have a peanut butter cereal that has three grams of fat, one gram of carbs, and 16 grams of protein. Thats not going to store as fat overnight and I get that crunch that I need late at night.

Those three or four meals throughout the rest of the day, are those smaller meals? Or are we talking full-portion servings?

One thing Ive found while traveling for my career is that portion control is normal in a lot of the world. Then you come back to the U.S. and you understand how out of whack our portion control is. We dont really need to eat all of that. Living in Ireland off and on for two-and-a-half years is when that really dawned on me. I was eating normal portions over there. Nutrition Solutions has helped with my portions back in the U.S.you know the macros youre taking in. Then, for WrestleMania, we jumped it up accordingly and made the necessary tweaks to come in looking the way I want to look. And that just meant eating a little bit more. Not portion-wise, but just more often. Throwing in a shake here, or some overnight oats there, or rice cakes with peanut butter to get good fats in.

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Stock up on these 9 healthy foods to boost your immune system during coronavirus, says doctor and dietitian – CNBC

Posted: April 3, 2020 at 6:52 pm

As cases of coronavirus continue to rise, taking daily precautions such as washing your hands, social distancing, exercising and getting enough sleep is key to lowering risk of infection.

But maintaining a healthy diet to help boost your immune system may also give you an edge. It's important to note that no research has been done on foods that help fight against COVID-19 specifically.

However, previous studies have found that eating certain foods can improve your health and strengthen your body's ability to fight other invasive viruses.

Here are nine expert-approved foods to stock up on during your next grocery store trip, along with creative ideas on how to add them to your diet:

Broccoli is also rich in vitamin C. Just half a cup contains 43% of your daily value of vitamin C, according to the NIH.

"Broccoli is packed with phytochemicals and antioxidants that support our immune system," says Sarin. It also contains vitamin E, an antioxidant that can help fight off bacteria and viruses.

According to the Dietary Guidelines for Americans, vitamin C is one nutrient Americans aren't getting enough of in their diet, so finding simple ways to add it in is crucial.

"To get the most out of this powerhouse vegetable, eat it raw or just slightly cooked," says Sarin. "I love sauteing broccoli with garlic and Parmesan, or stir-frying with bell peppers, ginger, garlic and mushrooms."

Chickpeas contain a lot of protein, an essential nutrient made of amino acids that help grow and repair the body's tissues. It's also involved in synthesizing and maintaining enzymes to keep our systems functioning properly,according to the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

"Chickpeas are also packed with zinc, which helps the immune system control and regulate immune responses,"Emily Wunder, a dietitian and founder of the nutritious recipes siteHealthier Taste, tells CNBC Make It.

Roasted chickpeas are great as a quick great snack or salad topper. Make sure they're completely dry before roasting. Then add a few tablespoons of oil (vegetable, canola or grapeseed oil all work well) and bake at 400 degrees Fahrenheit, stirring halfway through until they're crispy.

For a nice kick, Wunder suggests adding some salt and paprika.If you're using canned chickpeas, she says you'll want to rinse them thoroughly to cut down on sodium content.

Wunder enjoys half a cup of strawberries to get 50% of her vitamin C needs for the day.

"Vitamin C is great for strengthening your immune system," she says, because it can help protect cells from damage caused by free radicals that we're often exposed to in the environment.

Wunder recommends adding chopped strawberries to yogurt, oatmeal or on top of whole wheat toast with peanut butter. "Of course, they go well with smoothies, too," she says.

"Not only is garlic full of flavor, but it's packed with health benefits such as lowering blood pressure and reducing risk of heart disease," according to Sarin. "Garlic's immunity-boosting abilities come from its heavy concentration of sulfur-containing compounds, which can help fight off some infections."

Garlic has been shown in the past to help ward off the common cold. In a 2001 study published in Advances in Therapy, participants who took garlic supplements were less likely to catch a cold. And those who did get infected recovered faster than participants in the placebo group.

It's an easy vegetable to work into your diet, says Sarin. You can add to it anything from pasta sauce and salad dressings to soups and stir-fry dishes. She suggests aiming to consume two to three cloves per day.

"While sun exposure is the best source of vitamin D, it can also be provided by some foods, including mushrooms," says Wunder.

A 2018 review of mushrooms as a vitamin D source found that the "sunshine vitamin" can help enhance the absorption of calcium, which is good for bone health, and may also protect against some cancers and respiratory diseases.

Mushrooms are great as a side dish or appetizer. Wunder recommends roasting them at about 350 degrees Fahrenheit, using one to two tablespoons of oil, minced garlic and a dash of salt and pepper. For something more flavorful, bake button mushrooms stuffed with cheese, onion andartichokehearts.

"Spinach is rich in vitamin C and full of antioxidants that help shield our immune cells from environmental damage," says Sarin. "Plus, it has beta carotene, which is the main dietary source of vitamin A an essential component of proper immune function."

Like broccoli, it's best to consume spinach raw or slightly cooked. To incorporate more spinach into your diet, Sarin suggests blending it in a smoothie, cooking it with your morning eggs or, as an easy side dish, lightly sauteing with garlic.

"Yogurt is a great source of probiotics, which are good bacteria that can help promote a healthy gut and immune system," says Sarin.Recent studies have also found probiotics to be effective for fighting the common cold and influenza-like respiratory infections.

Sarin recommends choosing plain yogurt rather than anything too flavored or sweetened and topping it with fruit and honey. "Or, you can add it to your favorite post-workout smoothie," she says.

Those on a dairy-free diet can still benefit from almond-milk and coconut-milk yogurt options.

"Sunflower seeds are high in vitamin E, which works as an antioxidant and helps boosts the immune system," says Wunder.

Small but mighty, just one ounce of dry-roasted sunflower seeds can give you 49% of your daily value of vitamin E, according to the NIH.

Line a baking pan with parchment paper and roast unshelled sunflower seeds at 300 degrees Fahrenheit until they're lightly browned. Then add the seeds to your salad or toss them with roasted vegetables. You can also use raw seeds in place of pine nuts for some homemade pesto.

Brittany Anas is a health and nutrition reporter. She has written forHealthDay, Women's Health and The Denver Post. Follow her on Twitter @BrittanyAnas.

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