Flu Fighting Foods

10/23/2013

As the weather cools and the leaves change to brilliant shades of reds, oranges, and yellows, it’s easy to get excited. After all, in the coming weeks we’ll get to experience the sugar-overload that is Halloween, the pumpkin-infused glory that is Thanksgiving, the glad tidings and cheer that come with Christmas, and the hope that springs eternal at the stroke of midnight on New Year’s Day. However, catch the dreaded flu or any of it’s symptoms, and your hope and cheer quickly turn to NyQuil and Kleenex. And that, my friends, is no fun for anyone.

So don’t let your Christmas shopping be the only thing you get a head start on this year. Add the 5 foods listed below to your diet this fall and get started on fighting the flu.

  1. Carrots – This fall-colored vegetable is high in beta-carotene which helps the body kick respiratory infections to the curb. So load up on carrots – the fresher, the better.
  2. Black Eyed Peas – An abundance of zinc found in these little guys help keep your immune system healthy and ready to spring into action when called upon.
  3. Tomatoes – A high concentration of Vitamin C means that tomatoes contribute to keeping your entire body’s defense system healthy. Just 1 average sized tomato can provide you with 40% of your daily recommended dose of Vitamin C.
  4. Black Tea and Green Tea – Both teas contain the naturally occurring Quercetin (an antioxidant) and L-Theanine (an amino acid), and both substances are known to fight off the flu.
  5. Yogurt – This delightful dairy product is full of probiotics, a naturally occurring beneficial bacteria which strengthens the digestive and immune systems.

So there you have it. Let’s help our seniors stay healthy this fall by using these 5 foods to fight off the flu!

*photo courtesy of www.sxc.hu

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