The flu season is upon us! According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, January and February are the peak months of flu activity.
An overall healthy and balanced diet rich in vitamins and minerals is the best flu-fighting method. Taking supplements is not as beneficial as consuming whole food due to the fact that you may be missing out on other nutrients not typically found in supplements. For example, whole grain contains fiber, B vitamins, vitamin E, and many other minerals and nutrients.
Several nutrients may play a role in enhancing your immunity:
— Beta carotene in deep-yellow fruits and veggies and dark-green leafy greens
— Vitamin B6 in whole grains, legumes, chicken and pork
— Vitamin C in citrus fruit, berries and melon
— Vitamin E in wheat germ and nuts
— Protein in dairy foods, meat, poultry, fish and legumes
— Selenium in meat and seafood
— Zinc in beef and seafood
— Friendly bacteria in yogurt with live cultures may also help build immunity
With the flu season in full swing, be sure to eat a balanced healthy diet, stay active, and consume adequate amounts of water!