Eating to Avoid Colds

eating to avoid coldsWe all know that eating a healthy diet is one very important way to avoid many types of diseases.  As far as avoiding a cold, a complete diet full of fruits and vegetables is essential because once our immune system lets its guard down for a moment, that’s when the cold virus can sneak in and take hold.  But what exactly should we eat to keep the sniffles away?

Turns out there are a lot of foods that tick the various boxes of a preventative diet.  A big part of a cold-fighting diet is the antioxidants and nutrients in fresh vegetables, but that’s not all there is to the story.

Here’s  a quick overview of the benefits and the dietary sources:

  • Omega 3s from fish and krill oil
  • Vitamin C from citrus fruits like oranges, grapefruits and lemons
  • Blueberries for antioxidants
  • Garlic provides antioxidants
  • Zinc from oysters
  • Teas (green, black, etc.) provide antioxidants
  • Yogurt contains healthy bacteria that lives in your intestine
  • Vitamin D from milk, or even better, from the sun!  Just don’t over do it.
  • Mushrooms contain a lot of vitamins and minerals that boost immunity
  • Leafy greens contain huge amounts of nutrients

Those are the big ones, though you can find more information here.

And don’t forget that a healthy diet is only part of the puzzle of keeping colds at bay.  Getting enough sleep, exercising, reducing stress, washing your hands, and avoiding sick people will take you a long way to staying healthy year-round.

 

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