Eat Your Way to Health

Getting your flu shot isn’t the only way you can help prevent the flu. What you eat can also help lower your odds of coming down with a nasty bug.

  1. Pumpkin seeds are full of zinc, which helps your white blood cells fight off microbes.

  2. Tuna fish is an excellent source of selenium, which helps protect cells from damage and boosts your immunity.

  3. Mushrooms are packed with beta glucans, which help your immune system better fight infection.

  4. Sweet Potatoes are rich in vitamin A that fights free radicals that could weaken your immune system.

  5. Green tea offers amazing antioxidant benefits.

  6. Yogurt has probiotics which helps your body maintain a strong immune system.

  7. Citrus fruits contain Vitamin C, which can reduce cold symptoms by 23%, studies have found.

  8. Garlic, Onions, and Leeks contain broad-spectrum antiseptic and immunity-boosting compounds.

  9. Ginger contains chemicals called sesquiterpenes that target rhinoviruses, as well as substances that suppress coughing. It’s also a natural pain and fever reducer and a mild sedative.

  10. Honey is a natural antiseptic which works like hydrogen peroxide. It’s a great cold and flu-friendly sore throat reliever, and its antioxidant and antimicrobial properties help fight infections from viruses and bacteria.

  11. Black pepper can ward off the sniffles. Mix black pepper with ground ginger and vinegar to help increase the absorption of both herbal and over-the-counter medications. Black peppercorns are particularly high in piperine, a compound known for its anti-fever and pain-relieving properties.

  12. Almonds provide the immune-boosting antioxidant vitamin E, which can reduce your chance of catching colds and developing respiratory infections.


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