The flu season arrived unusually late this year, but it's here, so start preparing for the worst!
With that in mind, here are ten foods you should eat to help you stay clear of this annoying infectious disease that could knock you out of your daily routine for days on end!
Suck Down Skim Milk: Vitamin D is key for defending your body against germs. Experts suggest 600 international units a day, which can be found in fortified milk, OJ, yogurt, eggs and salmon.
Eat Red Bell Pepper: Vitamin C is a no-brainer when it comes to boosting your immune system. However, did U know that red bell peppers have nearly 3x as much of vitamin C as an orange? Just half of one will give women their recommended daily dose of 75 milligrams, while men need about 90 milligrams.
Drink Tea Instead Of Coffee: Harvard University found the immune cells of tea drinkers responded to germs 5x faster than immune cells of coffee drinkers!
Eat Yogurt: Make sure it's marked with a seal from the National Yogurt Association's Live & Active Cultures, but the probiotics (healthy bacteria) will help create a stronger immune system while lowering the risk of gum disease and some cancers.
Get Goat Cheese: It's low in calories and contains copper, which is great for the immune system. The creamy spread is an excellent tasting and healthy substitute for mayo.
Buy Blueberries: They are full of antioxidants, but those with a blue hue have the HIGHEST levels of the immune system boosting disease fighters.
Snack On Pumpkin Seeds: They contain a mineral called zinc, which can improve the immune system by inhibiting viral replication.
Much On Mushrooms: They are a potent sources of vitamin D while containing antiviral and antibacterial properties.
Eat Broccoli: A study in the Journal of Nutritional Biochemistry found chewing the raw vegetable triggers the release of chemicals to help the body regulate essential white blood cells.
Prepare Pasta: Some dieters fear carbs, but they are a great source of energy and nutrients that main immunity like iron and zinc.
Happy and healthy eating!
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