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'Let Food Be Thy Medicine'

December 19, 2012

Fight the Flu With Foods

It’s that time of year where it seems that kids seem to catch colds and school class numbers seem to dwindle. But there are plenty of steps you can take to try to prevent illness this winter!

1. Limit refined sugar.

sugar-dumb

Sugar suppresses our immune system by causing a 50% drop in our ability to fight off bacteria and germs.

 2. Increase healthy fats.

Nuts

Our skin dries, our lips chap and our digestive tracts get dry, which causes our bodies to produce more mucous. Where there is mucous, there are colds and flu. Try to add more healthy fats such as the omega-3s found in salmon, walnuts and flax seeds.

 3. Add onion, garlic, and ginger to everything!

Onions

These are natural immune boosters that can be added to any dish to add flavor without calories!

 4. Drink water.

Water

When our bodies are dehydrated, we are much more susceptible to colds. Water flushes bacteria and viruses from our throats, stomachs and digestive tracts.

5. Avoid dairy.

Milk

Dairy prompts our bodies to produce mucous that becomes a breeding ground for bacteria. We can’t avoid the bacteria and viruses floating in the air, but we can help our bodies to ignore them.

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