‘Tis the season to be jolly…and prepare for battle with the flu and common cold! You probably have the hand-washing, sneezing into your elbows, and generally avoiding contact with all public surfaces down pat. You might not know that you can boost your immunity before a germ-attack strikes by getting enough snooze time and exercise, and making these nutrient-packed superfoods part of your diet:
Eat your fruits and veggies
Fruits and vegetables are naturally part of a healthy diet, but focusing on berries and citrus fruits loaded with antioxidants and vitamin C like grapefruit and oranges, as well as vitamin-filled vegetables like spinach, kale, fennel, and broccoli can help you stave off ailments. Make a berry smoothie and glass of O.J. part of your morning fix, and mix in a spinach salad for dinner!
Scoop up those probiotics
Probiotics, live active cultures found in yogurt and cheese, can make an impact on your immunity. The healthy bacteria keep the intestinal tract free of germs. It can be found as a supplement, but any yogurt with a “live and active cultures” seal contains the beneficial bugs. Scoop up a dose of the good stuff with yogurt and berries as a snack!
Munch on garlic
While it might sound disastrous to your dating life, research shows that the pungent superfood is a powerful flu fighter. Garlic contains the active ingredient allicin, which stimulates the white blood cells to fight infection and bacteria. Not into the idea of gnawing on raw garlic? Crush a few extra cloves into a soup or stir-fry a few times a week.
Sip on tea with honey
Relaxing with a cup of warm tea with honey can help ward off the flu. The amino acid, L-theanine, is abundant in both black and green tea (decaf as well). Honey acts as a natural antibiotic with antiseptic properties, and a few tablespoons of honey a day will help keep the doctor away.
Keep these flu-fighting superfoods in mind when you hit up the market next. You are what you eat, and what you eat can keep you healthy!