Gold’s Gym Douglasville’s Tips to Boost Immunity this Cold & Flu Season

There is no cure for the common cold or flu, but eating well during this season may help you avoid getting sick. Here are some top nutritional keys to stay healthy this season:

Vitamin C

Vitamin C tops the list of immune boosters. The most abundant vitamin C foods are guava, papaya, strawberries, kiwi, cantaloupe, orange, and grapefruit.

Live Cultures

The live cultures found in yogurt, particularly Lactobaccilus and Bifidobacteria, may be beneficial in enhancing immunity. Having a healthy supply of gut flora increases a person’s white blood cell production and activity. They may also boost the immunity while taking antibiotics, and they supply added protection to those who may have a compromised immune system.

High Fiber Grains

Oats and barley in particular contain beta-glucan, a type of fiber with antimicrobial and antioxidant capabilities. They enhance resistance to various fungal, bacterial and viral diseases.

Vitamin E

Vitamin E has been studied for its production of natural killer and B-cells, the cells that produce antibodies that destroy bacteria. The highest vitamin E foods are green leafy vegetables, sunflower seeds, almonds and blueberries.

Zinc

Zinc is a mineral which increases the production of white blood cells. Some of the top zinc foods are oyster, crab, grass fed beef and beans.

Garlic

Garlic is known for its antibacterial, antiviral, antifungal and immune boosting effects. Garlic stimulates the production of white blood cells and increases the efficiency of antibody production.

Omega-3 Fatty Acids

Omega-3 fats reduce inflammation, increasing airflow and protect the lungs from colds and respiratory infections. The omega-3 fatty acids in ground flaxseed and fish such as, salmon, tuna, sole, flounder, sardines, herring and mackerel, act as immune boosters by increasing the activity of phagocytes, the white blood cells that destroy bacteria. Other omega 3 rich foods are tofu, edamame and walnuts.

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