To flight flu, boost your immune system
December 10, 2003
Below is a shopping list aimed at giving your immune system a shot in the arm.
Your mother may have said it first: Eat your fruits and vegetables.
Nutritionist Valerie Edwards with Providence Health Systems said this flu season, try cooking with onions or garlic.
Also, add food rich in antioxidants to your diet Ė even if itís just a little bit at a time.
Those healthy choices may improve your bodyís ability to keep the flu at bay.
"So what you're going to do by eating more fruits and vegetables is have your bodyís immune system more amped up and able to fight infection," said Edwards.
An antioxidant heavyweight: blueberries, but tomatoes, oranges and carrots fit the bill nicely as well.
Also include broccoli, spinach and other green vegetables.
Also, green tea is loaded with antioxidants.
"It's lower in caffeine than regular black tea and lower than coffee, so you get a little caffeine, but not a whole lot," said Edwards.
Just donít steep it too long, which makes it taste bitter.
In addition, drink lots of water to flush toxins from your body and keep you well hydrated.
One more thing: Managing your stress is key because increased stress causes decreased immunity.
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