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3 Foods That Can Help Your Body Fight Illness

It is a little early yet, but very soon we will all be in the midst of cold and flu season. All too soon, the cooler winds will blow in, and with them will come stuffy noses, watery eyes, and nonstop sneezing. While there are plenty of ways to combat colds, the best medicine is prevention. If you can avoid them in the first place, you are one step ahead of the game. To get yourself prepared and keep your body healthy, check out these 3 foods that help keep illness at bay.


This is one of the most beneficial foods for your body. Yes, it smells...but the good benefits that come with it far outweigh the foul smell. In fact, if you learn to cook with garlic, you may find that you actually learn to like the smell. Garlic is a natural anti fungal, anti bacterial, and it helps ward off foreign bodies. It can literally find disease in the gut, and push it out. Work this one into your regular menu to help keep illness far away.


This one might be a little easier for many people. After all, there are some great flavors of yogurt out there! Yogurt contains a very important healthy bacteria called probiotics. This sort of bacteria is needed in the gut to balance out the bad bacteria. When it gets unbalanced, you may find that you feel ill. Add yogurt to your diet as an addition to your breakfast menu or as a healthy snack. If you can’t stand yogurt, you can also take probiotics in the form of a supplement found at most stores.


Citrus is a great food to stock up on. As long as you aren’t sensitive to the acidic juice (some are), you can easily enjoy this treat and fight illness all at the same time. The great part about citrus is the very high amount of Vitamin C. This vitamin specifically boosts the immune system and gives it a little more power to keep illness far away. To enjoy your share of citrus, try orange, grapefruit, lemon, lime, or even kiwi. Any or all of these are easy to add to the menu and delicious to boot!

If you want to keep illness far away, pay special attention to your diet. What you put into your mouth may make a big difference in that stays out of your body. Fight off illness and keep a healthy body with these delicious additions to your regular diet.

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