Friday, February 8, 2013

Fight the Flu! Best 5 Foods

How are you supposed to be successfully fighting cold and flu season when the people around you are dropping like flies? Here are a few, 5 to be exact, of my favorite foods to boost your defenses.
The food choices you make each and every day are a large part of warding of the flu or a cold. If you want a flu treatment or prevention a well balanced plant based diet. Your immune system is in part built on what you put in your body. 
Try to incorporate the following 5 foods in to your daily and weekly eating plan and you will be healthier than everyone at the office. This is my list of the 5 best foods for the flu, but there are many more that could have been included!
The Quercetin Quota: Apples, Grapes, Blueberries/Blackberries, Broccoli, Cherries, Onions, and Leafy Greens.
Heard of quercetin before? Maybe, maybe not, but either way, I am here to introduce it to you this winter! Quercetin is one of a family of flavonoids that gives produce its’ gorgeous color. Flavonoids are antioxidants which help ward off detrimental free radicals, which can cause a host of diseases. With illness fighting and also anti-inflammatory properties, quercetin is a flu-fighting powerhouse!! Since foods like apples, onions, broccoli, and leafy greens are easily found in the produce section this winter, I suggest you stock up! It could be a matter of sickness or health. 

Feel Good Recipe (below): Roasted Kale and Apple Flatbread

Glamorous Garlic: Garlic contains a compound called allicin which has anti-microbial properties. Talk about majorly backing up your defenses. I add garlic to just about everything...try to do the same! 

Glorious Green Tea: Green tea is full of antioxidants, making it a super immune booster. In fact, “a recent study published in the Journal of the American College of Nutrition showed that subjects taking a special preparation of green tea as a capsule experienced 23% less bouts of colds and flu overall and 36% fewer sick days. Their immune systems also produced more cells that fought off illness-causing bacteria and viruses.”  Now, I’m not telling you to go out and buy green tea capsules, but start it as a beverage to incorporate on a regular basis. It has a mild flavor and can be a great alternative to coffee.
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Awesome Almonds: Almonds are one of my favorite go-to snacks. They are easily portable, mighty tasty, and a little goes a long way to keep you full and satisfied. Did you also know that incorporating almonds in to your daily routine can help fight off the flu?? Interestingly enough, the skin of the almond is the most potent when it comes to fighting illness. According to Scientists from the Institute of Food Research in Norwich, UK, and the Policlinico Universitario in Messina, Italy, the skin of the almond helps improve function of our helper T-cells (a type of white blood cells) in identifying viruses and enhancing the body’s ability to prevent the spread and replication of viruses. Choose raw almond varieties to reap the most benefits (as these are the least processed and retain the most nutrients).
Marvelous Mushrooms: What you might not realize about mushrooms is that they are armed and dangerous when it comes to their flu-fighting capabilities. Mushrooms contain TWO immune boosting nutrients; selenium and beta glucan. Selenium is a trace mineral which help your white bloods cells do what they need to do in combat. Beta glucan is an antimicrobial which helps your cells locate and annihilate infections in the body. I love adding raw mushrooms to salads, but they are an excellent addition to just about any dish. Even if you think you don't like them, chop them finely and sneak them in.
I realize there are way more than 5 top flu fighters, but this list should give you a good start. Fighting the cold and flu season is not about a magic potion or buying exotic foods, but rather stocking up on wholesome goodness. 
What are your flu fighter foods? I'd love to hear your thoughts! 


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