Flu season is coming, and the last thing you want is to end up sick when you need to be at work. While you can’t guarantee that you will remain flu-free all season long, a few key dietary changes can help ward off illness and keep you feeling your best throughout the most illness-filled time of the year. These foods are a great place to start.
The healthy properties of bone broth can’t be ignored. Packed full of nutrients that will help keep you safe from the flu and all the other illness floating around over the holidays, bone broth has everything you need. You can start with any bones you like: a ham bone from a leftover holiday meal, a turkey carcass from Thanksgiving dinner, or a bone from a roast. Broil them in the oven for 30 minutes, then place them in a crock pot, fill it with water and the seasonings you want in your broth, and cook on low for 24 hours. It’s also fine to leave it plain so that you can season it according to your needs when you’re ready to cook it. Once it’s made, you can drink your bone broth in a mug if you’re already sick or use it as the base for any soup or stew you like. Dip your bread in it and make sure you sop up every drop! This broth is as good for you as it delicious.
During the winter months, fruit is in shorter supply. Citrus, on the other hand, can be found in any grocery store. If you’re hoping to ward off the flu, you’re in luck! Citrus fruit contains high amounts of vitamin C, which is known to help ward off illness and boost your immune system. For the maximum effect, eat your citrus fruit straight, without cooking. It’s delicious just like it is!
Your mom always told you that if you wanted to stay healthy, you ought to eat your vegetables! Carrots, in particular, contain high levels beta-carotene. This amazing substance helps your body ward off the flu and other respiratory illnesses, making carrots the perfect addition to any meal throughout cold and flu season. Eat them raw with the dip or dressing of your choice or enjoy them roasted at 375 degrees Fahrenheit after tossing with olive oil, salt, and pepper.
Green tea won’t just give you an energy boost. It will also help you fight off infection throughout the cold and flu season. Drink it warm or iced, with a meal or on its own: you’ll appreciate the illness-fighting effects!
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Staying healthy through cold and flu season can be a challenge. Changing your diet won’t create a miracle cure for the flu, but it can keep you healthier throughout the season. Also maintaining good indoor air quality throughout the year can help. Contact us today to improve your home’s comfort.