For the nearly 20 million women who have trouble catching their breath due to asthma or COPD, a trio of nutrients can help. I suggest 1,000 mg of vitamin C, a mild antihistamine that reduces respiratory tract inflammation that interferes with breathing; 500 mg of magnesium, which opens airways; and 1,500 mg of quercetin, which has antihistamine and anti-inflammatory effects. Also smart: Sip coffee or tea. Caffeine relaxes airways and metabolizes into theophylline, a compound used in some asthma meds.
An easy way to ward off fatigue that tends to set in during the fall and winter: Season your favorite savory dishes with seaweed flakes instead of table salt. This low-sodium pick provides salty flavor and plenty of thyroid-nourishing iodine, which helps increase energy within 30 minutes. Another plus: It boasts appetite-suppressing soluble fiber to thwart cravings, and it’s terrific on poultry, vegetables, salad or even popcorn. Tip: To preserve its beneficial enzymes, add the flakes after cooking. One to try: Maine Coast Dulse Granules (SeaVeg.com).