It is that time of the year again, when the cold and flu season strikes rendering millions a slave to the sniffles.
Common sense dictates a host of things we can do to reduce our risk of catching the dreaded bug doing the rounds.
Steer clear of sick friends and relatives, take vitamin supplements, and avoid getting too run down.
But, the preventative measures do not end there.
One of the best forms of defense may in fact be lurking in the local grocery store, according to one expert.
Feeding your body certain foods may help to keep your immune system running strong. Plan your meals to include the following 15 powerful immune system boosters. You may increase everyone’s chances of fending off those winter bugs before they get sick.
Eating just one of these foods constantly won’t be enough to help fight off the flu. Keep in mind that variety is key to proper nutrition. Pay attention to serving sizes and recommended daily intakes so that you don’t get too much of a single vitamin and too little of others.
Most people turn to vitamin C after they’ve caught a cold. But did you know it tops the chart of foods that keep your immune system running at 100 percent? Vitamin C is thought to increase the production of white blood cells. These are key to fighting infections.
Popular citrus fruits include:
Because your body doesn’t produce or store it, daily intake of vitamin C is essential for continued health. Almost all citrus fruits are high in vitamin C. With such a variety to choose from, it’s easy to add a squeeze of C to any meal.