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Flu fighting foods

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With the flu season having started earlier than usual this year it is vital to stay healthy. These are a few foods to help your body ward off the bugs this time.

Garlic: Garlic can be added to just about any dish and it will almost always enhance the flavor. Garlic has been found to have antibacterial, antiviral, and antifungal activity.

Yogurt: The digestive tract is one of your biggest immune organs, so keep disease-causing germs out with probiotics and prebiotics, found in naturally fermented foods like yogurt. Frozen yogurt is a great option also instead of the sugar loaded ice cream.

Almonds: Almonds provide the immune-boosting antioxidant vitamin E, which can reduce your chance of catching colds and developing respiratory infections. Have them roasted as a snack, toss them over a salad, or grind them up for batter.

Strawberries: These luscious red berries are an antioxidant that in some studies been known to help reduce the intensity and duration of a cold.

Sweet Potatoes and Pumpkin: Beta-carotene improves your body’s defenses. It’s instrumental in the growth and development of immune system cells and helps neutralize harmful toxins. Both are rich with beta-carotene. Baked sweet potatoes in butter are fabulous but if you’re prefer frying, then they can make a healthy treat. Pumpkin smoothies with frozen yogurt can be a great dessert packed with nutrition your body can use to help ward off the flu.

Mushrooms:  Mushrooms come packed with selenium, which helps white blood cells produce cytokines that clear sickness, and beta glucan, an antimicrobial type of fiber, which helps activate “superhero” cells that find and destroy infections. Mushrooms are delicious in any Italian dish. One of the most popular favorites is Beef Stroganoff.

A healthy diet packed with the foods above can help you ward off the flu. If you do happen to get the flu these foods can also help fit the effects of the flu while building your immune system.

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