With winter fast approaching, the infamous cold and flu season will be quick to follow. We’ve all been there – hugging the toilet, stocking up on Kleenex, lacking the energy to lift a finger – cold and flu symptoms are unappealing at best. With that in mind, it is important to remember how serious the flu can be if you are not taking proper care of your immune system.
A healthy immune system begins with what you are putting into your body. Everyone always says you are what you eat, so add these five immunity boosting foods to your diet and kick your cold to the curb.
Alright, so this isn’t a food item, but drinking a cup of black or green tea everyday will boost your immunity by filling you up with healthy amino acids. Bonus: it will also keep you warm and toasty on those chilly winter evenings.
We know what you’re thinking… chicken soup is commonly known as the unofficial (and boring) cure for the common cold, but what you may not know is that spicing up your recipe may just prevent you from catching a cold in the first place. Throw in some garlic and onions to give your immune system a little extra oomph.
A cup of yogurt a day keeps the doctor away thanks to immunity boosting probiotics and good bacteria that protect your stomach from sickness. If plain yogurt doesn’t sit well with your taste buds, mixing in immunity-boosting toppings like oats and apples will give it extra flavor.
The champions of vitamin C, citrus fruits are a must-have in your child’s lunch bag during cold and flu season. Limes, lemons, oranges and grapefruits are excellent immunity boosters. Even adding slices of citrus fruit to your water will help your body combat cold symptoms.
Think about how many surfaces your skin touches everyday – taking good care of your skin is a crucial part of keeping your immunity in check, especially in the winter months. Sweet potatoes are packed with vitamin A, which keeps your skin healthy and strong; not to mention, sweet potatoes happen to be pretty tasty side dishes for holiday dinner!
Not only will keeping your immunity in check help prevent you and your family from getting sick, but it will also increase your chances of fighting off the flu quickly so you can feel better faster and get back into the swing of things after a little rest and relaxation.
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