Best diet for sick days
It happens every year. Your children come home with gifts of germs, or perhaps your coworker doesn't understand that illness means staying home until they're no longer contagious. Flu season is serious and even deadly, but it often isn't given the respect it needs to have. If you're worried about this year’s flu season (and you've already gotten your flu shot and practice good handwashing) here are the best diet tips to boost your immune system:
One of the most praised seasonings in the world, turmeric has been the focus of over 300 studies, all of which point to it's powerful healing and immune boosting properties. Turmeric can help boost your immunity, reduce inflammation, ease pain, and make you better able to fight off colds. If you are pregnant or may become pregnant however, you should not use turmeric beyond seasoning foods as it large amounts may cause birth defects.
Citrus is packed with vitamin c, a critical nutrient your body needs to help fight disease. Oranges also have antioxidants and a host of other micronutrients such as folate and magnesium, making it an excellent choice for your immune system.
Your body is dependent on beneficial bacteria in your gut to help keep you from getting sick. These bacteria perform a range of services, from helping you get more out of your food to keeping out bad bacteria by simply outnumbering them. Yogurt is packed with beneficial bacteria, and can help you get the probiotics you need to keep healthy. Whether you are already sick and hoping to get well fast, or are dreading this upcoming season and hoping to prevent yourself from getting the flu, these 3 foods may be the ticket to a healthy and happy flu-free season.
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