Part of staying healthy, especially during these winter months when viruses are more common, is eating a balanced diet. Here are a few tips on maximizing the effect of the nutrients in your food as a way to fight colds and flu.
Think color and variety. Eat a colorful plate to get all of the vitamins and nutrients you need to stay healthy. Choosing a variety of fruits and veggies can help you make sure you get important phytochemicals that can help boost your immune system.
Stay hydrated.Water, herbal tea and other non-caffeinated drinks can help keep your system running well and help you fight off germs. Carry a refillable water bottle with you throughout the day.
Think fiber. Choose whole grains such as wheat bread, brown rice and whole-grain cereals.
Eat healthy protein. Get enough protein from lean meats, fish, eggs, tofu and beans.
Practice smart snacking. Think ahead and pack fruits, dairy or nuts to keep you going between meals.
Consider taking a multivitamin.Not every day is going to be a perfect day when it comes to healthy eating. A multivitamin can help fill the nutritional gaps.
Source: University of Michigan