Getting a vaccine is not the only way to protect yourself from the flu. What you eat every day can also protect you from getting sick. That is why physicians with American Family Care are advising families during National Flu Prevention Week to add 5 Flu FightingFoods to their grocery lists.
American Family Care, the nation’s leading urgent care, is launching National Flu Prevention Week on October 23rd ahead of what AFC doctors anticipate could be a doozy of a flu season. Hurricanes and wildfires have disrupted lives, keeping people in close quarters spreading germs, preventing access to medical care and that could make flu cases skyrocket over the next few months.
AFC Physicians are urging patients everywhere to not only get vaccinated by the end of October, but to frequently wash their hands and take steps to keep their immune systems strong by including flu fighting foods in their diet.
5 FLU FIGHTING FOODS
Garlic contains allicin, a compound that is known to boost immunity. You can either crush, slice or chew garlic for it to produce properties that can build up immunity to viruses that cause the common cold or flu.
- CHICKEN SOUP
For years, mothers around the world have put a bowl of chicken soup in front of their sick children. A study published in the American Journal of Therapeutics supports the maternal instinct to “feed a cold”. The research found most chicken soup recipes include a compound called carnosine, which can mobilize the immune system to fight the early stages of flu. Just watch sodium content of soup, too much salt can cause dehydration.
Fresh salmon, tuna even trout are solid choices to get a beneficial dose of Omega 3 fatty acids. A study by researchers at Michigan State University found Omega 3’s can increase activity of white blood cells that fight flu by eating bacteria. It’s a good idea to eat two to three times a week during cold and flu season.
- WHOLE GRAINS
Whole grains are good for your gut during flu season. Why? They contain brown rice, oats and buckwheat which help build healthy bacteria in your stomach, plus whole grains are loaded with zinc, an immune system booster.
- FRUITS AND VEGGIES
A substance found in a wide variety of fruits and vegetables, including red onions, grapes and broccoli, was found to reduce the likelihood of flu in mice in a study published by The American Physiological Society. Quercetin has shown to have anti-viral properties in other studies, as well.