Sick Superfoods!

The colder the weather gets, the bigger the chance everyone has of getting sick! The flu and the cold are so abundant this time of year that it is difficult to avoid being around someone who has it!

But there are ways to help prevent  sickness and make your immune system stronger! The JCC of Brookline/Brighton recently came out with an article that highlighted healthy foods that will help strengthen your body for sickness and speed up recovery after a sickness!

After researching through a few different sources, here are our top picks for superfoods!

1. Citrus Fruits

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The JCC CATCH program said that citrus fruits have something called flavenoids in the white skin that is supposed to increase immune activity. Plus, citrus fruits are high in Vitamin C which has been proven to help relieve cold symptoms and aid faster recovery!

2. Garlic

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Garlic has been hailed by many sources as a superfood with many benefits for a vast array of ailments. Garlic contains allicin which is a component that has anti-viral and anti-bacterial properties that fight against infections! The best way to release the allicin most is when the garlic is crushed or chopped!

3. Yogurt

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The CATCH program also highlighted yogurt as a a superfood because studies have found that it helps to shorten a cold by about 2 days! Yogurt has probiotics that are super healthy and yogurt is an easy thing to eat on the go no matter where you are! Greek yogurt in particular is a great choice because it contains protein that will help strengthen your bodies.

4. Fish

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Fish contains Omega-3 fatty acids that are healthy for everyone! Plus, these acids are known to reduce inflammation in the body which at times can be a worse contribution to a sickness!

5. Blueberries

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Blueberries are delicious and so easy to eat on the go! But past those facts, blueberries have been found to contain the most active antioxidants of any fresh fruit!

We hope this will help you recover from any cold and flu this season! If  you would like more information, we have included the link to the JCC article as well as some other great resources!

http://www.natures-health-foods.com/cold-remedies.html

http://healthyliving.msn.com/diseases/cold-and-flu/superfoods-that-fight-colds#1

http://www.healwithfood.org/commoncold/foods.php

http://www.jcca.org/discover-at-the-jcc/catch/

The Savvy Staff

 

 

 

 

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