Battling illness with the color orange

Due to the high level of stress associated with being a college student, I hereby pronounce myself a sniffling mucus monster. Being sick in the summer is the worst. 1. Nobody else is sick. 2. It’s so beautiful outside. 3. It’s hot, so snuggling up in a blanket has the effect of making things feel sticky and gruesome.

The good news is that the best remedy for this sickness is inexpensive and tasty.

Some side benefits: Carrots have been known to be “good for the eyes” due to their high content of hydrocarbon carotenoids. (Arscott and Tanumihardjo, 2010, p. 223). Nice to know that wasn’t just a wives tale. Apparently, the color of carrots used to be primarily purple and yellow! Next time you’re on a trivia game show, you can thank me.

“Increased levels of stress suppress the body’s immune function, and during these times many people tend to cuddle up with comfort food. For this reason, it is especially important to feed stress-related cravings with healthy foods that help build the immune system.” ( When I read this, a thought crossed my mind. How often do we just “throw in the towel” when we get sick, thinking that no matter what we eat or do, our sickness is going to run its course? I know I’m just as guilty as anybody, and I feel that it’s time for a change.

So next time you’re feeling the sniffles, remember to stock up on the color orange to help boost your immune system. Treat yourself to some yummy oranges, grapefruit, nectarines, mangoes, peaches, and carrots. The flavors are extremely satisfying, and the results are healthy! Your body will thank you.


Arscott, Sara A. and Tanumihardjo, Sherry A. (2010). Carrots of Many Colors Provide Basic Nutrition and Bioavailable Phytochemicals Acting as a Functional Food. Comprehensive Reviews in Food Science and in Food Safety, 9, 223-239.

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