Hello World! So much good info out there in cyberspace! Since this is the season for cold & flu here is some info on foods that will help strengthen your immune system thru healthy eating.
Flu season in the U.S. tends to peak between Dec. & Feb., so now is the time to start including more immune-boosting foods in your diet. Vitamins–especially beta carotene & vitamins C, D, & E–help your body resist illness. Folate, manganese, riboflavin, iron & zinc can also help your body fight off the winter ick.
Already sick? Try these natural remedies to help your cold symptoms or these natural flu remedies! Of course, no diet is going to make you 100 percent cold–& flu-proof, but eating these foods for immune health may help you avoid sickness. If you do get sick, arming your body with the nutrients it needs can help you get better faster.
***I want to add Garlic to this list; along with Honey & Cinnamon as these keep me from getting sick.***
1. Pumpkin & other yellow or orange winter squash provide a good mix of vitamin A along with soluble fiber, folate, manganese, & riboflavin to help boost your immune system. Read more about pumpkin & immune health here!
2. Spinach. 1 cup provides 5 percent of your daily zinc requirements. It also has 377 percent of your vitamin A, 29 percent of your vitamin C, & 19 percent of your vitamin E. Spinach is high in iron, but it also contains a compound that makes it hard for your body to absorb. Look to other foods for your immune-boosting iron.
3. Pumpkin Seeds. When you cook up that immune-boosting pumpkin, roast the seeds for extra cold & flu-fighting power. An ounce of roasted pumpkin or winter squash seeds has 19 percent of your zinc requirements.
4. Berries. Blueberries are a superfood rich in vitamin C & other antioxidants that help protect your body from illness.
5. Mushrooms. Button mushrooms may look unassuming, but they’re actually a good source of flu-fighting vitamin D, riboflavin & manganese.
6. Beans. A cup of cooked black beans provides 13 percent of your daily zinc. Black beans – & other beans are also a good source of manganese, folate, iron, & soluble fiber.
8. Broccoli. Cruciferous vegetables like broccoli are good sources of vitamins A, C, & E. They’re also a good source of folate, manganese, & iron. Broccoli in particular, though has been shown to contain a compound called DIM that supports immune health.
9. Tea. You know that a steamy cup of tea helps soothe some of your cold & flu symptoms, but did you know that a cup could also help prevent illness? A 2003 study found that tea contains compounds that help your body fight germs & viruses.
10. Kombucha contain probiotics which help support your body’s immune system. If kombucha isn’t your speed, try adding other fermented foods like kimchi, sauerkraut, or miso to your diet this fall & winter.
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