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15 foods that will boost your immunity and help fight the flu

(NaturalNews) The cold and flu season is upon us. How many times did your mother tell you, “Wear a jacket, or you’ll catch a cold”? Maybe you have said the same thing to your kids today. However, wearing a jacket should not be your primary concern.

The reason cold and flu occurrence peaks during the winter months is not because we are cold weather, but because we spend more time indoors and are in closer contact with other people who can pass on their germs and bacteria. Therefore, it is important to strengthen our internal army – or the immune system – to be prepared for the microbial invasion and to help us avoid getting sick

Here are 15 immune-boosting foods recommended by Best Health to get you through the winter months.

1. Carrots

Rich in beta-carotene and vitamin A, carrots help your body repair an impaired immune system, combat highly reactive free radicals, and prevent cell damage.

2. Kefir

Kefir, touted as a probiotic superfood has been shown to reduce symptoms of a common cold and speed up recovery. Probiotics are vital to proper digestion, and without proper digestion, Natasha Audette, a registered holistic nutritionist, said our bodies are unable to break down the nutrients we take in to help strengthen our immune system.

3. Eggs

Organic, free-range eggs are an excellent source of proteins and amino acids. Eggs are also high in selenium, an essential mineral required for optimal immune system and thyroid health.

4. Wheat germ

Wheat germ can be added to smoothies or oatmeal bowls. It is packed with disease fighting nutrients such as vitamin E, selenium, magnesium, and zinc.

5. Kiwifruit

Kiwi fruits – or other vitamin C-rich foods such as bell peppers, strawberries, and citrus fruits – protect your body against inflammation and might speed up the healing process.

 



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