Fight against colds and flu with these five foods, vitamins and lifestyle choices.
Learn to live a healthier lifestyle and strengthen your immune system this cold season with good habits like sleeping and exercising well, eating nutrient-rich foods and taking vitamin supplements. Use these five keys to thrive this coming cold season.
1. Eat Nutrient-rich Foods
Enjoy a diet of fresh, organic fruits and vegetables, whole grains and lean protein to help boost your immune system. Avoid sugar (to reduce inflammation) and fatty foods, and drink sufficient water to keep hydrated.
You probably won’t get a prescription for chicken soup and garlic the next time you have a cold, but it might help you kick it, according to recent research. Common foods with special immune-boosting properties include:
Honey (antibacterial properties for cold, flu and sore throat treatments)
Garlic (antifungal, antibacterial immune booster)
Berries (antioxidant properties that protect the immune system, destroy bacteria and viruses, and help fight disease)
2. Exercise for a Healthy Lifestyle
Regularly exercise 20 to 30 minutes a day most days of the week. Physical activity improves immune function by increasing white-blood cells — your body’s natural defense against viruses.
3. Develop Healthy Ways to Handle Stress
Stress hormones impact the immune response. Cope with stress by…
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