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Fighting The Flu From Your Kitchen

March 9, 2017
Fighting The Flu From Your Kitchen

Cold and flu season is in full swing here in the Midwest. In addition to preventive measures such as getting enough rest and drinking plenty of water, proper handwashing and other hygiene habits, your kitchen could offer one of the best ways to boost your immune system.

  • Iron-rich foods – Iron plays a crucial role in boosting your immunity. A lack of iron in your diet can lead to conditions such as anemia which causes increased fatigue and malaise. Iron rich foods include lean red meats, poultry, fish, nuts, seeds and legumes.
  • Probiotic-rich foods – Issues with the gut can lead to a host of health issues. Probiotic foods such as yogurt, sauerkraut, kefir, buttermilk, kimchi, tempeh, miso and kombucha are great sources of probiotics. They can help increase the good bacteria in your digestive tract which can help your body more effectively fight viruses and infections.
  • Citrus – Fruits such as oranges, grapefruit and tangerines are high in vitamin C, which is a common immune booster. In addition, vitamin C offers antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties which can protect your body from viral or bacterial infections. Other foods that are high in vitamin C include bell peppers, dark leafy green vegetables, broccoli, tomatoes and snap peas.
  • Garlic – Garlic has long been used to fight illnesses. It contains allicin, which helps to reduce the risk of infection and can fight off cold and flu viruses. Garlic can be added to food in its natural state, eaten by the clove or taken in capsule form.
  • Berries – A rich source of polyphenols which contain antimicrobial properties, berries assist in the treatment infections such as the common cold. They can also be an added defense for digestive ailments such as E. coli.
  • Sweet Potatoes – Enriched with vitamin A, sweet potatoes are delicious and good for you.  Individuals who are deficient in vitamin A are prone to respiratory issues as well as weakened immune systems.  Other foods rich in vitamin A include carrots, dark leafy green vegetables, squash, romaine lettuce, dried apricots, fish and red peppers.

 

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