Feeding Your Immune System
By Donna Stark
For those who dare to leave their home, the cold and flu season can be a time of worry and dread. The coughing, the sniffling, the contaminated hands infecting every possible thing around you ... I think it's safe to say that the majority of us don't want to be surrounded by anyone who is exhibiting symptoms like that, but it's hard to completely avoid them, isn't it? And with the exception of wearing a face mask and carrying a can of disinfecting spray around with you, what else can be done to fight those germs and stay healthy?
Feeding Your Body Improved Health
Don't fall into despair and dread yet! There is something that you can do that will help keep your body healthier and stronger during this season of sickness, something that involves a favorite pastime for many ... eating. It's important to include the foods that help keep your immune system strong in your diet, so if you're looking for ways to prevent any colds or the flu, your first step should be to head to the grocery store. Here's why.
- Citrus fruits - Vitamin C comes up in most discussions during the cold and flu season, and for good reason! It helps to build up your immune system by increasing the production of your body's white blood cells. So toss some clementines, grapefruit, oranges, lemons, and limes into your cart today!
- Red bell peppers - Think oranges are the only source of Vitamin C? Think again! Red bell peppers can contain nearly twice the amount of Vitamin C as citrus does, and they are also a rich source of beta-carotene.
- Broccoli - Broccoli is one of the healthiest vegetables you can choose at the store, so stock up! Packed with vitamins A, C, and E, as well as many other antioxidants and fiber, it's the perfect side dish to any meal.
- Garlic - Sure, your breath may stink for days, but it may be worth it if it helps you feel better. In addition to the amazing flavor it adds to any of your dishes, garlic is also known for its immune-boosting properties.
- Ginger - Many people turn to ginger for an upset stomach, but did you know that ginger may also help decrease inflammation, which may help with your sore throat?
Consuming a healthy diet is always a great start to building up your immune system, but there are other things you can do to protect yourself from germs and viruses as well. Wash your hands frequently, keep a safe distance from those who are showing symptoms, disinfect your home and workspace, exercise daily, and get plenty of rest.
Hopefully, these basic, healthy habits can help keep you out of bed and carry you safely through the cold and flu season. There's no reason to stay locked up in your home, so go ahead ... make some plans to mingle and have fun with your loved ones.
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