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Friday, September 4, 2009

Great Flu Fighting Foods

The flu is responsible for millions of lost hours at work and home each year, bringing about many miserable days of recovery. If you don't know what you can do to organically boost your immunity and make ready your body’s defenses, just pay attention to the foods you’re eating. Look at your meal plans, and make changes to ensure everyone is eating a balanced diet abundant in nutrient packed fruits and vegetables, low fat protein, and complex carbohydrates.

Black currants richer in vitamin C than citrus fruits (oranges), containing three times the RDA (recommended daily allowance) for adults. It’s crucial that you get lots of of vitamin C because it helps prevent infections and helps the immune system to remain healthy.
Pork has elevated levels of zinc and selenium, which help maintain a strong immune system. It’s also a great source of B vitamins and contains little more fat than beef. Be sure lots of pork entrees are in your menu plan.

For breakfast try a glass of grapefruit juice instead of orange juice for a vitamin C rich drink. Remember to check with your doctor if you're on certain medications for blood pressure, AIDS, anxiety, or hay fever, because mixing grapefruit juice with some prescription drugs could lead to dangerous toxicity levels.

Brussel sprouts are another great source of vitamin C, fiber and are a great source of folate. They are a great source of anti oxidants, which have important cancer fighting properties. Add some in a stew to provide lots of flu fighting nutrients.

Live culture yogurt has a great effect on your intestinal tract, and helps the body purge the germ more quickly and thus helping to more effectively fight the flu. Your yogurt must contain the active culture L. acidophilus, also helps to fight off yeast infections.

One of the most affordable sources of vitamin C is potatoes, and they complement any meal with fantastic levels of potassium and fiber. The most fiber is in the skin and the most vitamin c is in the flesh just under the skin. Fresh potatoes are the best. Don't soak them in water because this robs them of the germ busting vitamin C.

Whole wheat pasta rich in niacin, fiber, and iron. Its complex carbohydrates will keep your immune system strong. Substitute traditional pasta with whole wheat variety instead, for a delicious, nutritious flare to your favorite pasta recipe.

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