Prevent a cold and flu

With cold and flu season right around the corner, everyone should be educating themselves on how to protect themselves. You may notice that people are starting to get sick around you; all it takes is for one person to sneeze or cough next to you, and before you know it you’re sick, too.

It is important to use precaution, and do your best to avoid germs. Practice good hygiene, drink fluids, get enough sleep, exercise, and take your vitamins. Most importantly, make sure that you are eating the right foods.

Jess Dyer, in-house nutritionist at Graze, explains that it is important to eat a lot of slow-cooked meals, such as soups and broths, that contain plenty of vegetables. It is a “wonderful way to keep yourself nourished and your immune system supported,” she adds.

Foods that contain vitamin C, such as lemons and fresh peppers, are also good options; vitamin C “helps our bodies fight off infection,” Dyer says.

According to statistics, 5 to 20 percent of the U.S. population will get the flu, on average, each year. On average, 200,000 Americans are hospitalized each year because of problems pertaining to the flu, and 3,000 to 49,000 people in the U.S. die each year from flu-related causes.

Do your best to avoid contracting the cold and flu by eating the right foods. Here are 15 foods that help prevent a cold and the flu.

  1. Garlic and Onions
  2. Soup and stews
  3. Lemon and ginger
  4. Cayenne
  5. Citrus fruit
  6. Vitamin C
  7. Fluids
  8. Yogurt
  9. Turmeric
  10. Oily fish
  11. Fennel
  12. Oysters
  13. Herbs
  14. Coconut Oil