By Alyssa Greenstein, RD , LD/N
Preparing for the flu season is very important for parents during this time. Bottles of disinfectant for the hands, disinfectant spray, and remedies for flu fill the shelves of stores, giving us the impression to be preparing for the arrival of a large storm. The annual war against the army bacteriological is not waged only on our hands and faces, but according to health experts, it all starts with what you eat. Studies have shown that certain foods and nutrients associated with them have the property of increasing the body’s ability to combat the common cold and other severe diseases. The good news is that all these foods can be found in any healthy diet list, so you can enjoy throughout the year:
Already recommended for its healthy properties for the heart, is also rich in a mineral that helps white blood cells to eradicate the flu from his body. Many types of fish are rich in fatty acids “Omega-3”, which can help protect your lungs from respiratory infections.
Rich in zinc, a mineral that helps in the generation of white blood cells, which destroy bacteria and viruses present in the body. Zinc is one of the minerals that is absent in most diets, therefore, you should drink more milk with meals.
The best known of all foods that helps to fight influenza. As an excellent source of probiotic, yogurt contains “good bacteria” that helps to maintain controlled “bad bacteria” found in the digestive system.
Rich in vitamin A, which helps increase your body’s ability to combat germs from the outside inward. The skin is the first line of defense of the body against germs and requires a large amount of vitamin A to maintain its protection. In addition to the orange vegetables, like sweet potatoes, vitamin A is also found in regular and chocolate milk.
By implementing some of the suggested foods above, you will be taking the necessary precautionary steps to ensure protection of yourself and family against the potential seasonal cold or flu infection.
For more information on what to do if you get sick with the flu and how to care for someone at home who is sick with the flu. Please visit www.cdc.gov and contact your primary care physician.