“If it goes in your mouth, make it count!”
If you are already washing your hands regularly and sanitizing your house daily in an effort to survive the flu season, you may be wondering what else you can do this winter to help fight off the flu. Add immunity-boosting snacks to your family’s daily diet! A balanced diet rich in fruits and vegetables increases the vitamins and minerals your body needs to maintain a healthy immune system. We know that sometimes, with today’s busy schedules, getting enough of these nutrients in one sitting is nearly impossible. Don’t fret! You can still attack the flu by snacking on these healthy foods throughout the day.
Yogurt - Yogurt contains “live active cultures,” which are healthy bacteria that keep the gut and intestinal tract free of disease-causing germs. Just 7 ounces a day will do the trick. Try yogurt covered raisins, frozen yogurt smoothies or popsicles.
Black or Green Tea - In a Harvard study, people who drank 5 cups of black tea a day for 2 weeks had 10 times more virus-fighting interferon in their blood streams than those who didn’t. Green and decaf teas are also effective, so to combat the flu, trade those second and third cups of coffee in the morning for a cup of tea.
Cantaloupe - Cantaloupe are rich in beta-carotene. The body converts beta-carotene into vitamin A, which keeps your skin and organs strong and healthy. Whip up a fruit salad with cantaloupe, and use oranges or strawberries for an extra dose of vitamin C. Baby carrots are another good source of beta-carotene -- dip them in a yogurt-based spread when hunger hits.
Vitamin C - Vitamin C supports normal growth and development. It also helps the body absorb iron. One large orange or a cup of sliced strawberries, chopped red pepper or broccoli provides enough vitamin C for the day. One of our favorite snacks is a strawberry yogurt smoothie, giving you not only vitamin C but also those natural live active cultures, all in one snack.
Oats and Barley - These grains contain fiber with antimicrobials and antioxidants. Not only do these grains boost immunity, but they also speed up the healing of wounds and may help antibiotics work more effectively. Try a bowl of oatmeal or all natural oatmeal cookies for an afternoon snack.
Whether you are on the go or sitting behind a desk most of the day, healthy immune-boosting snacks are portable, easy and tasty. As we like to say, “If it goes in your mouth, make it count!” For more information, visit our website at http://www.bettfamilychiropractic.com/ or call us at 615-373-7009.