The leaves change color, the nights get darker, Starbucks starts selling Pumpkin Spice Lattes, and, it’s flu season!
Y’all, Fall has its downsides. The flu is definitely one of them. And even though we know this, it somehow creeps up on us unawares every time until we’ve got it and it’s just too late.
Thankfully, there some dietary adjustments you can to minimise your risk of catching it and give you a faster recovery (unfortunately we can’t promise you won’t catch it all). Here goes!
Healthy gut bacteria will save the day! They make your immune system stronger and make you less likely to get infection.
Try: Kimchi, Kefir, Yogurt, Kombucha, Miso soup, Pickles
While the jury is out on whether Vitamin C can effectively fight the flu, there’s no question as the role of Vitamin C in fighting off free radicals. Get plenty of it!
Try: Oranges, Berries, Broccoli, Cauliflower, Spinach, Kale, Pineapple, Bell Peppers
You know what we don’t have a lot of in the Fall? Sunshine. And we need sunshine for Vitamin D. Vitamin D supports the health of our immune systems, so it’s pretty important and should not be neglected, especially during flu season.
Try: Egg yolks, Salmon, Shrimp, Canned tuna, Mushrooms
It’s been shown that Zinc helps fight colds and flu, but you need to be careful as it can interact with medicine you’re taking or lead to weird side effects, like loss of smell (weird and scary!). It’s safer to eat foods that have zinc in them than to take supplements, just be careful not to overdo it.
Try: Beef, Nuts, Eggs, Whole Grains, Beans
Protein is what makes your body strong, and with it usually come plenty of B6 and B12. Both of these are immunity boosters, which are definitely helpful during flu season.
Try: Salmon, Chicken, Turkey, Milk, Cheese, Beans
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