The dreaded flu and cold season is here. The time of year where one day every one is fine and the next day half your co-workers are out on sick leave and the other half is walking around with a box of tissues and red noses. What if there was something you could do to lower your risk of becoming the next flu or cold victim? There may be, studies are showing that certain foods or food combinations may help build a persons immune system. Here is the first article in a series on how to lower your risk and your families risk during this flu and cold season.
Build your immune system with Yogurt
We all know yogurt taste great as a dip or eaten all by itself. Put yogurt in a parfait with some fruit or granola and you have a healthy and tasty meal. Did you know besides being a tasty way to get your dairy; yogurt has a bundle of bacteria that can protect the body against harmful bacteria and even infections. This good yogurt bacteria is known as probiotics, and according to some studies probiotics are also immune system building bacteria. So when you eat that yogurt not only are you getting your calcium and watching calories but you are also building your immune system. So eat that yogurt and keep the cold and flu away.
Build your immune system with garbanzo beans.
Garbanzo beans are a great source of protean, like other legumes, which is an essential building block to build and maintain a tough immune system. But garbanzo beans are not only a good source of protein but an excellent source of zinc as well.
Build your immune system with Pumpkins
Did you ever think that eating that extra slice of pumpkin pie might be good for you? The orange flesh of pumpkins is packed with beta carotene, a nutrient that breaks down into vitamin A when in the body. Vitamin A is a great immune system building nutrient that has also been shown to aid in cancer prevention. Keep in mind that experts also caution that to much vitamin A can be toxic and it is suggested that eating beta-carotene-rich foods can provide the recommended amount while being safer than taking a supplement.
Build your immune system with Oysters
You probably have heard of oysters as a natural aphrodisiac but did you know that it’s the high level of zinc that may be the cause. Zinc not only plays a major part in testosterone production but is also exceptional at protecting the body against colds and flu. Zinc is indispensable to the immune system even a mild deficiency can have adverse effects, particularly in children and the elderly. But keep in mind, too much zinc can be toxic and will inhibit immune function.
Build your immune system with Green Tea
Green tea and white tea are rich in polyphenols also known as plant antioxidants. One powerful antioxidant found in green tea is polyphenol epigallocatechin gallate, or EGCG known to inhibit the growth of cancer cells without harming healthy tissues. Lets not forget the comfort that can be found in just drinking a cup of hot tea.
So as the flu and cold season blows in don’t let it get you. Build a strong immune system and keep it strong with the foods listed here and keep an eye out for the second part of my keeping the flu and cold away series.