Cold and flu season is upon us, but there’s good news. There is an easy home remedy for boosting your immune system that may help lower your chances of getting sick this year — regardless of whether you choose to get the flu shot or not.
It’s pretty simple, really: Just eat your fruit and veggies. Pick any of your favorites and eat lots of them! Your immune system will thank you.
We know most people don’t eat nearly as much produce as is optimal. And during the winter season, people tend to eat even fewer fruits and veggies, but that’s the opposite of what you’ll want to do to stay healthy this time of year. Consuming fruits and vegetables — especially in-season — contributes to better overall nutrition. And better nutrition contributes to better health for you and your immune system.
The key is to get started before you get sick.
So as the cold and flu season ramps up, you can bolster your defenses by making the effort to fill your meals with lots of produce. Any fruits and veggies will help, but your best bet is to load up on those rich in antioxidants [that includes vitamins A, C and E, as well as beta carotene, selenium, zinc, etc.] Some of the top choices to bulk up on antioxidants include berries, apples, grapes and citrus, as well as beans, artichokes, potatoes, broccoli, red bell pepper and pumpkin. Really, if you’re eating a variety of fruits and veggies, it’s really hard to go wrong.
There is no guarantee that eating any specific foods will prevent you from catching the flu, and we know that what you eat is just part of the equation when it comes to staying healthy. But, you can certainly nosh assured that consuming lots of fruits and veggies will help to keep your immune system strong through cold and flu season, and all year long.
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