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THE BEST FOODS FOR FLU PREVENTION

When it comes to health, there is never enough precaution. Due to the stressful life we live and bad diets we hold on to, weakening the immune system comes naturally, and so do the flu and cold. Dealing with flue is never easy, as fatigue, nasal congestion, and other symptoms typical for it really make day to day life a struggle. Therefore, because it is always better to prevent than to cure, here are 5 powerful foods you can add to your diet to help your body create a natural protective shiel no virus or free radical will be able to penetrate. 

 

  1. The power of onion and garlic 

Although the smell is unappealing for many, onion and garlic are the number one flu prevention foods. Both have strong antiviral, anti-inflammatory, and antibacterial properties and help create a natural shield in your organism. Onions bring cholesterol levels back to balance, help maintain normal blood pressure and because they contain sulfur, zinc, selenium and other powerful compounds that fight off viruses and flue. Garlic fights germs better than any other food and boosts the immune system. Against these two, flue won’t stand a chance. 

 

  1. Citrus fruits 

Another natural way to prevent dripping nose, headache, sore throat, and other unpleasant flu symptoms is by adding more citrus fruits to your diet. Oranges, kiwis, lemon and other fruits from this group are rich in Vitamin C, which is known to have strong immunity-boosting properties and will help your body become more resilient to viruses and free radicals. These can greatly decrease flue symptoms, making it easier for the body to regain strength much faster even if you do catch a cold. 

 

  1. Kidney beans 

Kidney beans are not only one of the best natural sources of protein for vegans but are also packed with essential vitamins and minerals, which are important for creating a natural resilience against flue. They are powerful antioxidants and contain folate, which are both very important elements in building and strengthening the immune system. By boosting the production of immune cells these beans can be a powerful anti-flue weapon. 

 

  1. Beta carotene-rich foods 

Carrots, sweet potatoes, and dark leafy greens are some of the most powerful flu-fighting foods there are. Why? Being rich in beta carotene, a natural antioxidant which acts as a strong defense against free radicals, these foods help minimize the effect of negative exterior influences on your body and increase its ability to deal with them much better, protecting you against flu and boosting immunity.  

 

  1. Oatmeal 

Oatmeal is rich in soluble fiber, has high levels of mighy antioxidants and is incredibly nutritious, It wo no wonder it is frequently on the breakfast menu. Because whole oats are rich in beta-glucan, zinc and selenium, they help the body create protection against various infections, helping us stay healthy and fit at the same time. They also balance cholesterol levels, regulate blood pressure and have a strong anti-inflammatory effect. 

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