Annex Family Chiropractic

738 Spadina Ave, Ste. 206
Toronto, On, M5S 2J8


Delicious nutrition tip today.

Vitamin A is a key nutrient your body needs for eye health, bone health, keeping your skin young, preventing cancer and yes…boosting your immune system.

But that’s not all folks… It also lets your body better absorb vitamin D, another crucial immunity nutrient that is widely covered in the scientific literature. If you’re looking for some simple ways to gain extra confidence in your immune system right now, sprinkle a few of these colorful foods into your diet:

1. Sweet Potato.

Not only are sweet potatoes tasty, but one medium-sized baked potato serves up 122% of your daily recommended value of vitamin A.  These also boast plenty of B6, vitamin C, and potassium – great for bone health and supporting working muscles. Finally, it’s a low-glycemic index carb which makes it almost the perfect pre-workout food.  I have flashbacks to my pre-teen camp years, and a counsellor who would do just that during the day (it was SO WEIRD to me 35 years ago though!).

2. Carrots.

A half cup of Bugs Bunny’s favorite treat, raw, contains a whopping 459 mcg of vitamin A.  It’s also high in fiber, which makes this snack a boon to digestive health too

3. Butternut Squash.

This curvy beauty is positively brimming with healthful vitamins and minerals.  It’s also rich in antioxidants which help keep disease and mental decline at bay.  Its high-fiber, low-calorie nutrient profile also supports losing weight. Be sure to have a sharp knife on hand to get into it, or a mini-axe 😉.

4. Cantaloupe.

Last gasp at holding on to summer eating!  Also a great source of vitamin A and vitamin C, this yummy fruit is also a great alternative to sweets or pastries for the calorie-minded.

5. Proteins.

These may not be as colorful, but some of your best eats for a vitamin A boost are eggs and meat (particularly beef liver), oily fish, and cod liver oil.  Organic or hormone-free versions are a must, however. (not so Vegan/Vegatarian friendly, but #’s 1-4 have got you covered!)

BONUS: Good ol’, down home Pumpkin Pie [licks lips]. 

With Thanksgiving this weekend, this traditional fall dessert is a rockstar, as pumpkins are rife with vitamin A but also beta-carotene and other antioxidants. This, of course, is not carte blanche to pig out, because the sugar and calories in too much pie will easily undo any of its beneficial effects. 

Put these on your grocery list today. Enjoy enhanced health tomorrow. Together with a diet high in quality nutrients, good sleep, exercise, and stress control, regular chiropractic adjustments help your nervous system process and absorb all of the above, giving your immune system a less taxing job to do.

 That does it for this week. Happy Thanksgiving, and I hope it’s as special as always no matter what it looks like this year! 

Dr. Josh