Take Care with a Pear!

It’s autumn, which means a cornucopia of winter fruits and vegetables abound, the leaves are changing, the air is fresh and crisp… unless you happen to be sharing an elevator with someone carrying the flu. This year, the flu is nothing to sneeze at. Most of us know someone who has suffered from the 2009 H1N1 flu, and President Obama has declared a national emergency due to the flu. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the H1N1 flu is widespread in 48 states at rates much higher than seasonal flu outbreaks.


Those most susceptible to infection and complications are pregnant women, infants and children, adults 65 and over, and those with compromised immunity or chronic disease. But, even if you are as healthy as a horse, everyone is at risk for the flu this year. Medical professionals in the media have prescribed flu shots, washing your hands frequently, and staying home if you are sick. Of course those are precautions we should all take, but what is missing from this equation? What you put into your body can strengthen your immune system, helping you fight the flu!


Here is your personalized prescription to fight the flu: get plenty of rest, relax and avoid stress, stay hydrated, and eat your fruits and veggies. Yes, fruits and veggies fight the flu! Studies show that even marginal deficits in micronutrient status weaken the immune system. Most vitamins, including A, C, D, E, and the B vitamins, antioxidants, and a host of minerals play a role in immune function. Fruits and vegetables are immunity boosting foods full of these power-packed micronutrients that keep your body functioning normally so it doesn’t have to struggle when under attack. Likewise, eating a well-balanced diet high in fruits and vegetables keeps your body energized, giving your tissues the might to mount an offensive. Having enough energy also wards off stress and that worn down feeling that leaves the body open to attack.

Pears are a good place to start. They are portable, snackable, and a good source of vitamin C. Grab one for the road to keep yourself energized and performing at your best throughout the day. In other words, take care with a pear!

About Amy Kweller MS, RD

As a Registered Dietitian, I have a professional relationship with pears. But as someone who loves great food, I also have a personal relationship with pears! So there is no better way to spend my time than blogging about this lovely fruit. I will blog about pears from farm to table; healthy living, cooking, and recipes; the therapeutic benefits of pears and a wholesome diet; and how pears can fit into your lifestyle. I have a background in clinical and community nutrition, and teaching others how to lead healthy, fulfilling lives is my goal and passion – so send me your questions. My hope is that everyone who visits this site will find something that lingers long after the browser closes, and I expect that will be a deeper love of pears!

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