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Steer Clear Of The Cold: Foods That Boost Your Immune System

Posted Nov 07 2012 2:56pm

From US News & World Report…..

Ahh-choo! ‘Tis the season of sniffling and sneezing. Between colder temperatures, the time change, and hectic holiday schedules, our bodies are thrown out of whack. The result: Your immune system is working overtime. The good news: There’s something you can do about it. Diet and exercise play a crucial role in health, not just in keeping your waistline slim and trim. Add the following to your diet to give your immune system an extra boost:

Hydration. Water, water, water. I can’t stress this one enough. Your body needs water to function, and your immune system is no exception. We tend to get lazier later in the afternoon, so stick to the liter-by-lunch rule. Why? If you drink half of your necessary fluids in the morning, it will be easier to sneak in an adequate amount later in the day. Hold the ice, though: Water at room temperature hydrates the body better than cold water does.

Yogurt. It’s no secret: Yogurt is good for us. It’s packed with beneficial bacterial cultures that help support digestion and our immune system. Kids won’t say no to chocolate for breakfast, and your child will go nuts over ¼ cup of high-fiber cereal mixed with chocolate Greek yogurt. You can even freeze yogurt on Popsicle sticks for a fun, immune-boosting dessert!

Pumpkin. Pumpkins are packed with powerful antioxidants. In particular, pumpkin is high in beta-carotene, which helps fight off harmful bacteria. The clock is ticking for pumpkin season, but pumpkin purée is available year-round. For a boost, mix 1 tablespoon of Pacific Organic Pumpkin Purée with Greek yogurt.

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