Nutrition RX: Beat Cold and Flu Season! Start with Soup and then do this!‏

October 13, 2014

Getting prepped for cold and flu season is all about building your immune system so your resistance is strong. Studies show that there is truth to what nonna used to say about soup, particularly soups, it does boost your immune system and my tip is add raw ginger or garlic over your hot soup right before you eat it for an extra antimicrobial effect. To further fortify your ...

 

Increase:

  1. Citrus fruits

  2. Iron-rich foods like meats (which will also give you Zinc-which is great for immune health too) as well as spinach and kale 

  3. Cruciferous vegetables that have quercetin (a flavanoid that works as an antiviral) like cauliflower, broccoli and brussel sprouts

  4. Washing your hands (works better than hand sanitizer)

 

Decrease

  1. Sleep deficit-make sure you get at least eight hours

  2. Alcohol intake (don't go overboard) lowers your immune system and disrupts your sleep patterns which further reduces your immune strength  

  3. Stress-take time to relax and soothe yourself

  4. Smoking!!!!!!

 

Immune Boosting Smoothie

1 cup lowfat Plain kefir or greek yogurt

1/2 cup pineapple

1/2 cup of strawberries

1/2 cup spinach 

1/4 avocado

1 clove of raw garlic or 1 teaspoon of fresh ginger

 

Nutrition RX:

Vitamin C, Potassium, Magnesium, Vitamin A, Protein, Probiotic, Calcium

 

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