Prepare to Defend Yourself
For many of us with spinal cord injuries (SCI) the Fall season means preparing ourselves to do battle with the elements and the nasty bugs that often come with it!
It is well documented that people with SCI have compromised immune systems. This is due in part to the changes that take place in our nervous and endocrine systems, as well as our tendency to be deficient in the immune boosting nutrients - Vitamins A & C. Vitamin A stimulates your immune system and helps maintain the protective mucosal surfaces of your gastrointestinal and respiratory tracts, which act as barriers to micro-organisms. Vitamin C helps to boost your immune system with its multiple anti-bacterial and anti-viral properties.
One of the best foods you can arm yourself with this Fall is kale. This nutrient rich green leafy vegetable packs an immune-boosting punch with its high Vitamin A & C content. So help keep your self safe from invading germs this Fall by taking a bite of this delicious salad.