Today’s Reading List: Foods to help you stay healthy during cold and flu season

 

 

If you’re unlucky, you’re already fighting a cold. If you’re lucky, you’ll make it through the rest of the season without catching one. So how can you be one of the lucky ones?

The best way to ward off a cold and flu virus is to bolster your immune system and look no further than your refrigerator.

Here are three foods to boost your immune system that you can add to your diet today.

Salmon

It’s one of the few foods that serves up vitamin D, a nutrient that triggers and arms the body’s T-cells, immune cells that kill invading bacteria and viruses, including the influenza virus. Six ounces of cooked salmon (sockeye) delivers 890 IU (international units) of vitamin D. Not bad, considering one cup of vitamin-fortified milk has 100 IU.

Pumpkin

This squash is an exceptional source of beta-carotene, a phytochemical the body converts to vitamin A. Vitamin A, in turn, helps maintain a strong intestinal lining – a physical barrier against pathogens – and ensures immune cells work properly.

Garlic

Thanks to its natural sulphur compounds, this flavourful herb increases the production and activity of many immune cells, including white blood cells, antibodies and other natural killer cells. Garlic also has antiviral and antimicrobial properties.

Visit The Globe and Mail to find out more about what foods will help you fight off a cold and flu virus to keep you healthy over the fall and winter.

 

 

Posted on October 15, 2014 in Health in the News, Reading List

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