With flu season around the corner, it’s time to make sure we give our immune system a boost. The flu virus infects the nose, throat, and lungs and can cause a wide range of complications. Groups most at risk for flu include older adults, people with chronic medical conditions, and children younger than six months old. The CDC recommends everyone six months and older get a flu shot each year. When you get a flu shot, you not only protect yourself, you protect your family, friends, and community.
Immune Boost with Food
In addition to getting your flu shot, eating a well-rounded diet with a variety of fruits and vegetables helps fuel the immune system with the vitamins and minerals it needs to function. These nutrients, adequate sleep, and exercise build a strong and healthy immune system over time.
Include foods rich in:
- Zinc- lean poultry, baked beans, chickpeas, yogurt
- Vitamin A- carrots, sweet potatoes, pumpkin, squash
- Vitamin E- Almonds, peanuts, hazelnuts, sunflower seeds, spinach, broccoli
- Vitamin B6- Bananas, lean chicken, tuna, chickpeas, baked potatoes
- Vitamin C- Citrus fruit, spinach, kale, bell peppers, Brussels sprouts, strawberries, papaya
- Iron- lean protein, beans, broccoli, kale
Avoid the flu this season by eating more fruits and vegetables and getting your flu shot.