and flu season! We all know getting the flu shot is one of the best defenses to
avoid catching the flu, but how else can we boost our immunity?
staying active, getting enough rest and reducing stress are all important steps
for year-round health. Several nutrients play a key role in boosting immunity:
C - protects you from
infection by stimulating the formation of antibodies and boosting immunity.
Citrus fruits, berries, melon, tomatoes, and
2. Probiotics - this “good bacteria” helps change or
repopulate intestinal bacteria to balance gut flora which may boost immunity
and overall health.
Choose: Yogurt and/or
kefir with live and active cultures.
carotene - is an antioxidant
which helps regulate the immune system and protects from infection.
pumpkin, sweet potatoes, and dark-green leafy greens.
E - works as an
antioxidant, contributing to immune function. Coming up short on this nutrient
may make your body less able to fight off an infection.
Choose: Wheat germ, nuts,
peanut butter and spinach.
zinc, and selenium - each part of the body’s defense mechanism.
Research is mixed on whether zinc lozenges or zinc syrup may actually
shorten the duration of a cold.
Choose: Seafood/meat, dairy, and legumes.
taking herbals to help boost your immunity? Beware that some herbals, including
Echinacea and panax ginseng, if taken longer than several weeks they may
actually lower immunity.
What about the
advice “Starve a cold and feed a fever”? To fight an infection, your body needs
a supply of nutrients to build and maintain your natural defenses. If you don’t
have much of an appetite, eat bland foods and try to eat more frequently. Focus
on varied foods and plenty of fluids.
healthy, balanced diet, remaining active, and not skimping on your R&R time
will help you to beat the bug this season.