I wish I had taken better care of myself before I got sick! Sound familiar? Now is the time to boost immunity, while the colds and flus are lingering around, waiting to attack your immune system and take you down with the others.
As an alternative to medications, I always begin with natural remedies, and this includes food. Food is medicine, after all. Plants contain powerful antioxidants that kill bacteria, fight off free radicals that break down cells, and boost our immune system. Start with these 10 tips and easy-to-find foods that you can incorporate into meals daily to get a jump start on your health and be armed for this coming cold and flu season.
1. Cut the chemicals. I’m talking about smoking, alcohol and drugs. These deplete your antioxidants -aka natural defenses- and make you more at risk for getting sick.
2. Up the vitamin C. You probably already know this one. What you might not know is that vitamin C is a water-soluble vitamin and you have to take it daily because you lose it through perspiration and urination. You can find it in citrus fruits, strawberries, bell peppers, leafy greens, papaya and tomatoes.