Home Tips of the Month from Bonny Lamb

Every home needs ongoing maintenance to function reliably 365-24-7. Left unattended, systems have the capacity to fail. The same is true of our bodies. These foods play a major role in keeping your body “up and running,” and were provided by a colleague from our Greenwich, CT, office:

 
 

Vitamin C – Citrus Fruits/Greens: Foods high in vitamin C (grapefruits, oranges, tangerines, sweet red pepper, broccoli, strawberries, kale, and kiwis) can increase white blood cell production, a key to fighting infection.

Vitamin E: Vitamin E is a key fat-soluble vitamin to regulate and support immune system function, including nuts, seeds, avocado, and spinach.

 

Vitamin D – Sunshine, Fish & Eggs – Vitamin D (salmon, canned tuna, egg yolks, and mushrooms) is essential to immune function and helps regulate the body’s immune response. 13-15 minutes of sunshine three times a week works, too.

Antioxidants – Green tea is packed with antioxidants that have been shown to enhance immune system function. It also contains amino acids that may aid in the production of germ-fighting compounds in your T-cells, which reduces inflammation in the body and helps fight infection.

 

Beta-Carotene – Root Vegetables & Greens – Beta-carotene (Carrots, spinach, kale, apricots, sweet potato, squash, and cantaloupe) converts to vitamin A, which is an anti-inflammatory vitamin that can help your antibodies respond to toxins, such as a virus, and are all great sources of beta-carotene. It’s a fat-soluble vitamin, so consuming foods with healthy fats will aid in absorption.

 

Probiotics, Gut Health & Immunity – Yoghurt, Kombucha, Sauerkraut, Kimchi, Pickles, Tempeh (Fermented Soybeans), and certain types of cheese contain live cultures, also known as probiotics, which are thought to help stimulate the immune system to fend disease.

Garlic – T-Cell Booster – Garlic contains compounds that help the immune system fight germs in a variety of ways, by stimulating cells important to fighting disease and helping to regulate the immune system. It helps boost the production of virus-fighting T-cells and can reduce the number of stress hormones your body produces which can help your immune system function.

 

Zinc – Shellfish, Poultry, and Beans – Immune system cells need zinc to function as they are intended. Zinc is a mineral that our body does not store or produce. While oysters have the highest food content of zinc, there are several other options (crab, clams, lobster, and mussels), poultry (chicken or turkey), red meat and beans, cereals and some breads, but the best absorption comes from animal-based foods.

 

Vitamin B-6 – is essential in the formation of new and healthy red blood cells and aids in maintaining the lymphatic system. Chicken, turkey, cold-water fish (salmon and tuna), chickpeas (traditional hummus), bananas, fortified breakfast cereal, and nutritional yeast are great options.

Water – Hydration & Immunity – Water helps produce lymph, which carries white blood cells and other immune system cells through the body. Think cucumbers, watermelon, and celery or a cup of green tea with lemon, watermelon, cucumber, or mint-infused water for an immune system powerhouse beverage.

À votre santé!

 

Another reminder about English ivy, an invasive species that strangles and kills trees, like this one in West Cambridge. It’s our local kudzu, all too evident in Cambridge, Belmont and Somerville, taking over gardens and climbing trees. At the beginning of the climb, the roots can be pulled from the trees; once securely attached to the tree or wedged within the interstices of the trunk, the thick stem at the bottom of the tree needs to be sawed to destroy the vines.

 

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Fabulously located full-service complex on Cambridge/Boston line, with the T across the street, EZRide shuttle, MGH, Kendall Sq and MIT nearby. This one-bedroom residence, perfect for owner occupancy or investment, enjoys views of the Charles River and Back Bay skyline from windows and the private balcony. Its efficient kitchen has SS appliances and a breakfast bar; a bedroom with double closet and en suite bath; an in-unit washer and dryer; and central air conditioning. Recently renovated common areas are exquisite, with new and fast elevators. Carefree, on-site amenities feature a business center, media and event rooms, health club and heated lap pool. The 24/7 concierge staff are pleasant and welcoming; searching for a parking space is a thing of the past with the Regatta’s valet service. The greenery of North Point Park with a path along the river is just steps away. Have easy access to Boston, Charlestown, Somerville, all points north/south/west and only 3.2 miles to Logan Airport.

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Privacy abounds in this delightful townhouse that oozes tranquility as you enter the front door. It’s light and bright with leafy window views and the generously sized rooms give a good feeling of space. A wood-burning fireplace and views of the flower-laden private deck grace the living room; the design of the dining room permits expansive seating; and the efficient SS kitchen has lots of natural light from its big end window. One bedroom on the 2d level is being used as an office; the other bedroom is large enough to use as a primary bedroom instead of going to the 3d floor suite. Utilize the space overlooking the balcony on the 3d floor as an open office or comfy library. The primary bedroom has a large bathroom with separate shower and a jacuzzi to enjoy at the end of a busy day. Great storage; parking; front/side yard. Well located for Porter/Harvard Squares and T’s, Huron Village, parks, schools, Boudreau Library, plus the little shops and restaurants that dot the neighborhood.

Home Tips of the Month from Bonny Lamb

from Bonny Lamb

 
 

We all have different interpretations of privacy, sort of pro-Alexa or not. Recently I read that when you make a call and are placed on hold, you can’t hear the person on the other end, but sometimes they don’t turn off their mic and can hear you and whatever is being said in your house. Additionally, while you are on hold, some companies listen to your background activities/conversation for data collection. Discomforting, isn’t it?

 
 

Try hydroponically grown salad greens—they really are good. Whole Foods carries a brand called Lef that is pesticide free. Unlike the usual salad greens, these greens taste fresher, last so much longer, and don’t get wet, soggy and spoiled in a few days. Also, I suspect the chance of getting contaminated leaves is far less.

 
 

I love grilled cheese sandwiches—they’re my favorites with sliced tomatoes. Instead of using butter on the outer slices, add olive oil/evoo to a skillet—I use a generous amount—and fry your sandwich in the heated olive oil. The first time you try it, you’ll notice the difference; afterwards and considering the benefits, I’m quite sure you’ll happily adopt.

 
 

The debate about the SPF number with sunscreen continues and now Johnson & Johnson has informed us that Neutrogena, etc., are not safe to use. And to prevent staining, let your sunscreen dry before adding clothing.

 
 

Another reminder about English ivy, an invasive species that strangles and kills trees, like this one in West Cambridge. It’s our local kudzu, all too evident in Cambridge, Belmont and Somerville, taking over gardens and climbing trees. At the beginning of the climb, the roots can be pulled from the trees; once securely attached to the tree or wedged within the interstices of the trunk, the thick stem at the bottom of the tree needs to be sawed to destroy the vines.

 

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