Summer is over, and as the weather gets colder, people will be seeking shelter indoors. As they do that, they will be spreading more germs, and you know what happens with that, right? Colds.

Using hand sanitizer and washing your hands before eating or touching your eyes, ears or nose can help prevent getting sick, but there’s something else you can do.

Consume more vitamin C!

Does that mean popping a vitamin C pill? No. Those aren’t as effective as you may think. Instead, it’s better to eat more foods containing vitamin C.

The first thing you probably think of is… ORANGES.

Sure, you could eat more oranges, but there are plenty of other foods you could eat to get vitamin C.

Red Bell Pepper

This beautiful veggie packs a punch when it comes to vitamin. C. You get 95 milligrams of vitamin C with just a half cup of it. It’s low calorie too with just 19 calories for the same amount.

Papaya

Papaya is another vitamin C rich food, but it also has a lot of vitamin A and fiber. Grab some papaya if you’re looking for something sweet and juicy to sink your teeth into during those dreary, gloomy days.

Guava

This may be difficult to find in the colder months, but if you’re lucky to live in places where this is provided year round, you should definitely add this into your diet. You can get a whopping 377 milligrams of vitamin C in just a cup of guava.

Broccoli

Let’s get back to veggies. Broccoli isn’t a vegetable that many people think of when it comes to vitamin C, but has more than an orange. You can get 81 milligrams in just a cup. Add this to your lunch and dinner!

Strawberries

Strawberries are found in the best desserts, and you know what? They are also high in vitamin C. Add strawberries to your cereal in the morning, some in your salad for lunch, and then top your shortcake with it for a great dose of vitamin C.

Kiwi

The yellow variety is best, but all kiwi has vitamin C in it. The yellow has 130 milligrams! The green has about half of that, which still makes it a great choice.

Hot Green Chili Peppers

Chop up a chili pepper and put it in your Mexican dishes for a vitamin C boost. Not only will you get that immune boosting vitamin, but you’ll speed up your metabolism. Research has shown that spicy foods boost the metabolism, so get ready to turn up the heat.

Mustard Greens

Not all greens have vitamin C, so you’ll have to get mustard greens. They have 78 milligrams per two cups. Sauteed them with some olive oil and eat it as a side dish.

Pineapple

This is another vitamin C and metabolism booster. Eat some pineapple for a desserts after dinner, or simply snack on it throughout the day.

The next time you’re at the grocery store, go ahead and grab these items. You’ll love the colors they add to your meals and snacks, and they will help you stay healthy throughout the colder months!

The Symptoms of Diabetes Type 2 and Treatment

There are two types of diabetes – type 1 and type 2. Type 1 diabetes is often diagnosed shortly after birth, so most people know they have it. Type 2 is a medical condition that is developed later in life, which is why it’s important that people pay attention to whether they may be suffering from it.

What Is Diabetes?

Diabetes is the name of a medical condition in which your body allows your levels of blood glucose to increase too much. This is because the body doesn’t use insulin properly. Another name for it is hyperglycemia.

For a better idea of how diabetes develops, imagine your blood flowing through your veins. Glucose (sugar) enters the bloodstream, but the insulin that usually breaks down that sugar isn’t there or if it is, it’s not enough. The glucose accumulates, and then the cells don’t get the energy it needs, which then causes problems for the eyes, kidneys, nerves, and heart.

The most common symptoms that people report are:

  • Hunger and Fatigue

Pay attention to how often you’re eating and if your habits have changed. People with diabetes will feel extremely tired even after sleeping all night.

  • Urinating More Often

It’s important to track how much you’re drinking to see if that is the reason you’re urinating so much. If you don’t believe you have increased your water intake, but your urinating more, it could be a sign.

  • Feeling More Thirsty

Thirst is usually a sign someone is dehydrated. However, if you are drinking water throughout the day and still feel thirsty, there’s probably something else besides dehydration causing it.

  • Suffering from Dry Mouth

Many medications cause dry mouth. If you haven’t had a change in medications, your dry mouth could be a sign of diabetes.

  • Having Itchy Skin

Most people who are diagnosed with diabetes tell the doctor they believe they have a rash because they can’t stop itching themselves. Usually, that itching has caused redness and bumps which can look like a rash.

  • Blurry Vision

Since glucose in the blood can cause eye problems, blurry vision is a serious symptom¬†of diabetes. It’s important to seek medical assistance if this blurred vision is consistent and there doesn’t seem to be any other causes.

  • Recurrent Yeast Infections

Yeast infections can happen just about anywhere, including the mouth, in folds of the skin, and in the vaginal area.

  • Sores and Cuts Slowly Heal

Sores and cuts should heal in a few days, but those that last much longer may signal there is another problem. It means that the body isn’t able to repair itself as efficiently as it should.

It’s important for anyone who suffers from any of these symptoms to contact their doctor for a medical evaluation. To rule out diabetes, a doctor will ask for a blood sample when you’ve fasted. This will tell the doctor how high your blood glucose level is without the addition of sugar from foods/drinks. If it is elevated, then he knows there’s an issue.

The Causes of Diabetes

It’s important to know that not everyone who suffers from diabetes is overweight. However, obesity and lack of physical activity are contributing factors for the medical condition. Diet and exercise are responsible for 90% to 95% of the cases in the United States.

Some people suffer from diabetes because of advanced age and genetics. If you have a family history of diabetes, you’re at an elevated risk for diabetes, especially if you lead a sedentary lifestyle and eat an unhealthy diet.

Treatment for Type 2 Diabetes

Depending on the blood glucose level of the sufferer, diet and exercise may be sufficient to treat the medical condition. Limiting sugar intake and burning sugar through physical activity can keep blood glucose levels at a normal level.

For those who have high blood glucose levels, medication may be prescribed. This medication increases insulin in the body to break down the glucose in the blood. Many people who take medication, eat reduced-sugar diets and exercise end up not having to take medications for the rest of their lives.

What Else You Need to Know About Diabetes

Diabetes is a warning sign that your body isn’t doing what it supposed to run efficiently. The increase in glucose is a problem in your blood because it keeps cells from doing their jobs. Do not ignore it. If left untreated, blindness, kidney failure, and other serious medical conditions could occur. While diabetes may be a difficult condition to manage, these other more serious conditions can lead to an even harder life.

Speak to your doctor about the symptoms you’re experiencing that maybe be because of diabetes.