You know the saying you are what you eat? Well, in this case, it’s true! You can continuously wash your hands, use antibacterial hand sanitizer, and take your vitamins religiously, but if you eat healthy food too you’ll help your body fight off any intruders that may cause you to get the flu. Below are some power foods that you should add to your grocery list immediately!
Posted by: Prevention
9 Power Foods That Boost Immunity
You can ensure your body and immunity run smoothly by rounding out your plate with plenty of colorful servings of fruits and veggies, plus 8 to 10 glasses of water a day, at the very least. The following ingredients can add extra flu-fighting punch to your winter meal plan.
Probiotics, or the "live active cultures" found in yogurt, are healthy bacteria that keep the gut and intestinal tract free of disease-causing germs. Although they're available in supplement form, a study from the University of Vienna in Austria found that a daily 7-ounce dose of yogurt was just as effective in boosting immunity as popping pills. In an 80-day Swedish study of 181 factory employees, those who drank a daily supplement of Lactobacillus reuteri—a specific probiotic that appears to stimulate white blood cells—took 33% fewer sick days than those given a placebo. Any yogurt with a "Live and Active Cultures" seal contains some beneficial bugs, but Stonyfield Farm is the only US brand that contains this specific strain.
Your optimal dose: Two 6-ounce servings a day.
- Oats and Barley
These grains contain beta-glucan, a type of fiber with antimicrobial and antioxidant capabilities more potent than echinacea, reports a Norwegian study. When animals eat this compound, they're less likely to contract influenza, herpes, even anthrax; in humans, it boosts immunity, speeds wound healing, and may help antibiotics work better.
Your optimal dose: At least one in your three daily servings of whole grains.
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In addition to eating healthy power foods, consider getting a flu shot. Why get a flu shot? It’s safe and effective, protecting not only yourself, but those around you who may be more susceptible to getting the flu. If you’re hesitant to get the flu shot, check out these myths about the flu shot. If you’re ready, head to your local flu clinic and start protecting yourself and those around you right away.
Did you know that Orchard Hospital has a walk-in clinic? Visit us at our Medical Specialty Center—Your Everyday Health Care Clinic—if you think you may be coming down with the flu. We offer flu immunizations as well as screening, diagnosis, and treatment for the flu. We will take care of you quickly and efficiently. Appointments are recommended, but walk-ins are welcome. Open 7 days a week. It’s our goal to have fast and friendly care while delivering quality health care.
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