DID YOU KNOW?
- It has been estimated that about 1/3 of travelling Canadians leave the country with absolutely no medical coverage;
- This is dangerous in that statistics show that 21 % of travellers will require medical attention – 40% of these will not have coverage;
- Provincial health plans cover only about 9 % of out-of-country medical expenses;
- The average out-of-pocket cost per hospital stay in the U.S. is over $15,000 with some expenses being as high as $100,000 or more;
- Even travel in Canada can result in out-of- pocket costs for medical treatment due to the differences between provincial plans;
- Some countries (such as Cuba) and many cruise ships require proof of travel insurance. Read more
Give the frontline soldiers of your immune system some reinforcements by serving a skewer of white button mushrooms with your favorite meals.
Nothing brings you down like a summer cold. But eating white button mushrooms may help make colds less likely. Seems something in mushrooms encourages your dendritic cells — important immune system helpers — to grow up and get to work.
Dendritic cells lasso viruses — like the rhinoviruses and influenza viruses responsible for colds and flu. Then they bring those viruses to your germ-killing B lymphocytes to be finished off. And though it’s not clear how or why, researchers think that polysaccharides — compounds in white button mushrooms — may help trigger the whole process. But there’s no reason to hold out on mushrooms while researchers unravel the mystery. We already know that mushrooms have a host of health-promoting qualities: They’re low in fat, low in calories, and full of a little antioxidant called ergothioneine, which is good for your arteries. So slice them up and add them to salads, omelets, and cookouts for a low-calorie, fat-free, juicy, meat-free treat. (Related: Try a light yet satisfying lunch with this Sauteed Mushroom Salad recipe from EatingWell.)