This submit seems as a part of our More healthy 2021 collection, during which we comply with three WebMD workforce members as they try to enhance their well being this yr. You’ll be able to comply with their journeys here.

By Laura J. Downey

This previous summer season, my main care physician informed me that my white blood cell depend was unusually low. That got here as no shock to me as a result of for years, it has at all times been decrease than the typical vary. However it did make me ask myself what I might do to assist get my below-average quantity up.

You see, white blood cells assist the physique combat off infections. In order it stands, my physique is ready to combat, nevertheless it’s not bringing its “A sport” to the battle. And with flu season right here and COVID-19 lurking, I can’t afford to take any probabilities. In any case, I’m a younger 43, and I’ve a whole lot of life left — I’m not going to let a low white blood cell depend knock me out for the depend!

Understanding that vitamin C is a go-to for enhancing the immune system, I made a decision so as to add some citrus to my life — however not simply any ol’ citrus would do! It’s been mentioned that blood oranges have been put aside for royalty, so I naturally gravitated towards the regal fruit with its tasty raspberry taste. A couple of days later, I obtained a field straight from a farm in California crammed with Moro blood oranges! OK, so the identify sounds tremendous creepy, however I promise you, this pure mutation of the usual orange is price a strive.

In the event you’re into superb eating like I’m, you’ve in all probability been served a dish accented with a blood orange or savored a cocktail with the gorgeous blood orange as a garnish. I digress. Again to my field of citrus heaven. Once I opened the package deal, I sliced a blood orange in half and bit into it. Initially, once I reduce it open, the brilliant crimson pigment was so fairly! I needed to take a photograph. It’s undoubtedly Instagram-worthy so I’ll remember to submit the picture this week. Second, once I bit into it, a burst of juicy sweetness stuffed my mouth. Are you able to say, “Delish?!” Third, the dietary advantages are invaluable.

A 70-calorie blood orange is full of vitamins, together with potassium, fiber, vitamin A, and the antioxidant anthocyanin (which provides the orange that lovely crimson shade). I’m trying ahead to together with one in my subsequent meal, a pan-seared halibut recipe. With simply quarter-hour of preparation time and 10 minutes to prepare dinner, I can deal with myself to a wholesome meal crammed with all of the issues which can be good for my physique (together with my pores and skin — bye-bye wrinkles!).  

I’ve by no means actually been an orange — not to mention a blood orange — lady, however now I’m bought! So when you’re on the lookout for methods to spice up your immune system or simply wish to add a sweeter contact to supper, seize this satisfying citrus, which is in season until Could. Orange you glad I shared this info with you?

Laura J. Downey is the chief editor of WebMD Journal. She hopes this weblog will assist others see that each small step can result in a extra well-balanced, healthful, and fulfilling life. For extra on her journey, comply with her on Instagram 



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