No one looks forward to cold and flu season, but like most viruses, they can be prevented just by being proactive. As a matter of fact, what you eat can actually help boost your immune health.
We’ve all heard about the benefits of vitamin C but it’s not the only important vitamin to fill your diet with throughout cold and flu season. Instead fill meals with an array of healthy vitamins just by eating a high plant based diet. Foods such as carrots, squash and cabbage are rich in vitamin A which is high in antioxidants and C which helps protect against immune deficiencies. Garlic is also known to boost immune health especially when chopped or crushed, releasing an enzyme known as allicin. Due to a lack of sunlight in the winter months, supplement your vitamin D intake by introducing fatty fishes like salmon and tuna.
Another preventative measure– good gut health. By populating your gut with good bugs like those found in probiotics, you could prevent or lessen the symptoms of the cold or flu. You can find natural probiotics in yogurt, sauerkraut and raw cheeses that are made with goat’s and sheep’s milk.
By boosting your immune system with food and following the usual recommended flu and cold season advice—getting plenty of rest, washing your hands frequently and getting a flu shot annually, you should be well on your way to a cold and flu free season (fingers crossed).