Every October through May, flu season rears its ugly head. While there are tried and true prevention methods you should take, like getting a flu shot and disinfecting shared surfaces, there are also ways to protect your health when it comes to your grocery list.
Beat it with berries
Both elderberry and acai berry are great immune boosters because they are loaded with antioxidants. In some early studies, the flu virus was even blocked by elderberry — an old folk remedy for the common cold.
Needless to say, adding these berries to your diet is a great way to fight off the flu. You can put them in juice or smoothies, or even dry them out and throw them in your granola.
Eat your veggies
Your parent’s nagging rings true during flu season — vegetables will help you get through without getting sick. The best immune-boosting vegetables, like mushrooms, broccoli, and spinach, can be found at your local farmers’ markets or grocery stores.
Low selenium levels can cause you to fall ill with severe versions of the flu, but mushrooms are your friend — they’ll rocket your selenium and vitamin B levels. Broccoli and spinach supply vitamin A and C, as well as fibers and folates, that help fend off the flu.
Toss these veggies on a salad or chop them up for a soup, but eating them raw will benefit you the most.
Spoon out the soup
Grandma knew exactly how to fight the flu: chicken noodle soup. And guess what? It doesn’t have to be homemade. Researchers found that both homemade and store-bought chicken noodle soup can protect from and ease flu symptoms.
Other soups, like Japanese miso soup, are also proven flu season champions. Miso, a salty paste made of fermented soybeans, is packed with probiotics that are great for the immune system.
Need more ideas on what to fill your fridge with this flu season? Read about other immune boosting ingredients.