Bleh. It’s that time of the year when the colds and flu are on the rise, and lucky me I have seemed to come in contact with some type of cold this past weekend. It’s the sniffly nose and achy throat that aren’t enough to keep me home from work, but annoying enough to keep me from feeling 100%. I know that a lot of people tend to turn to medicine to help them feel better fast, but food plays a vital role in the healing process. Nutrition experts have deemed a number of nutrients as key players in fighting off illnesses. One article written by Barbra Quinn, RD, was posted today in the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetic daily news and I found it intriguing since I am battling with a cold myself. Here are some of the nutrients claimed to help fight illness and food examples where they can be found:
1) Vitamin A : found in sweet potatoes, carrots, spinach, kale, and other green vegetables
2) Vitamin C: found in papaya, bell peppers, strawberries, oranges
3) Vitamin E: found in wheat germ, peanut butter, almonds, sunflower seeds
4) Zinc: found in venison, scallops, pumpkin seeds, oats, shrimp
Some other tips that I think help ward off bacteria and viruses in general include:
*Eating healthy balanced meals throughout the week
*Eating breakfast on a daily basis to get the body energized
*Drinking enough water and fluids throughout the day to stay hydrated
*Getting enough sleep each night to stay well rested
*Getting a yearly flu vaccine
*Hand-sanitizing and washing throughout the day (especially if you work in an environment like a hospital, I know that I am constantly sanitizing my hands and taking germ precautions).
Even though these tips may help prevent you from getting sick they can’t guarantee it, which is why we just have to keep doing the best we can! Now it’s time for another cup of tea to soothe this sore throat.
Anybody else have any good cold/flu-fighting tips?