When it comes to staying healthy this flu season, try the Flu Diet! Okay, it’s not an actual diet, but rather a list of high-power foods that help strengthen your immune system by giving you different nutritious benefits!
Here are some vitamins you need and great sources to get them:
Vitamin A: Sweet Potatoes, Winter Squash, Dark Green Vegetables, Carrots
Vitamin A is essential for ensuring the normal function of your immune systems and organs along with maintaining healthy vision.
Vitamin C: Chili/Red Peppers, Broccoli, Cauliflower, Brussel Sprouts, Strawberries and Citrus Fruit
Vitamin C is a immune boosting vitamin.
Vitamin D: Swordfish, Salmon, Yogurt
Vitamin D helps stimulate our bodies production of ‘killer cells’ to lung tissue where influenza is known to attack.
Okay, I know we just mentioned yogurt above, but it’s worth mentioning again. Non-fat yogurt contains friendly bacteria that boosts your immune system.
Zinc: Oysters, Beef, Cashews, Pork Chops, Black Eyed Peas, Pumpkin Seeds
Zinc is tremendous at keeping viruses from attaching to your cells and from replicating.
Tea: Specifically Green Tea and White Tea
Green Tea and White Tea contain catechins which have anti-viral properties as well as antioxidants that protect your cells from damage. And just like Zinc, these teas can help your body from replicating the viruses.
Quercitin: Apples, Onions, Broccoli, Tomatoes
Quercitin (it’s okay we can’t pronounce it either) is in a group of chemicals called flavonoids that have numerous health effects, and in an Appalachian State University study quercitin reduced the susceptibility to getting the flu.
Here are some other miscellaneous foods to add to your Flu Diet:
Cabbage and Watermelon contain glutamine, an immune boosting amino acid/antioxidant
Mushrooms help increase your body’s resistance to viral infections by boosting ‘Natural Killer Cells’ and they’re also high in selenium and vitamin D which helps to fuel your immune system.
Chicken Soup (as if you needed another reason to love it) contains a product called carnosine which helps fight off the flu virus in it’s early stages as well as acts as a mild anti-inflammatory
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