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HAPPY NEW YEAR
By Mary Anne
Welcome to 2016! Our
staff at Mariposa Market wishes you health and prosperity for the coming year.
As we enter into the New Year, we have the perfect opportunity to choose the
lifestyle that will best enhance our chances for a healthier body. Studies have
shown that as we age our immune system weakens. Part of this is due to the fact
that we produce less lymphocytes, the specialized cells that help destroy
invaders. As a result, we become more prone to infections and slower to heal.
There is no single remedy that has been proven to actually strengthen our
immune systems. But, a healthy lifestyle is purported to be the best line of defense
against the barrage of germs and diseases lurking around us. You’ve heard it
all before but here are your most reliable options:
Eat smart; diets low in vitamins A, C, D, and
many B vitamins as well as iron and selenium set us up for poor health. These
nutrients boost our white cell count, the first line of defense against
disease. Diets rich in many varieties and colors are best, with a focus on
vegetables, fruits, and grains.
Consume alcohol only in moderation. Although a
small amount of alcohol can support the immune system, alcohol in too great a
volume can turn off genes that help defend us against microbes and turn on genes
that make us more vulnerable to illness.
Supplementing Vitamin D has been shown to be
valuable against disease prevention, especially because our Vitamin D
production slows as we age.
Do not over supplement. Taking some supplements
can actually impair our ability to defend against disease and taking large
amounts of any supplement are almost always contraindicated. Eating well is a
much better way to support and nourish our immune systems.
Get plenty of sleep, at least 7-8 hours.
Anything less makes the body more vulnerable.
Exercise, at least 30 minutes of moderate
exercise 5 days per week. But don’t overdo it. Intense exercise can suppress
Stop smoking. No more need to be said.
Cultivate “WOW” moments. People who experience
“awe” frequently have lower levels of pro-inflammatory proteins.
Indulge in massage. It increases the production
of white blood cells.
Ease stress: meditation, yoga, or Tai Chi are
all good stress relievers.
Get outside; being outside in nature allows the
immune system to rest and recharge.
wash your hands, one of the very best lines of defense.
Mariposa Market is
committed to providing you with the kind of foods you need to support a healthy
lifestyle. Our produce department is a natural pharmacy of health. This time of
year the citrus crop is really coming on. Mandarins, navel oranges, lemons, and
all types of tangerines and tangelos are in season now. Avocados are still
coming from Mexico, but it won’t be long before those wonderful little globes
of goodness will be arriving from Southern California. By February, the first
of the strawberries might arrive. Get ready to give your health a much needed
You may have noticed the
price of produce has been high at times. We really are not raising our mark-up.
The weather, the drought, and the higher demand for organic produce have all
played roles in altering produce prices. Many crops have failed or nearly
failed. Many farmers had to fallow their fields, creating a short supply of
some foods. Quality of nuts is down due to dry weather. All these factors lead
to higher prices at the store. Be prepared for more of the same as global
weather changes affect the market. Try to shop from local farmers if you can.
And, stay hopeful.