Five healthy foods that fight off flu

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by Erin Kennedy

azfamily.com

Posted on November 26, 2013 at 1:16 PM

Updated Tuesday, Nov 26 at 1:20 PM

PHOENIX -- Flu season is coming up, but more than 50 percent of people decide to not get the flu shot. If you don’t get the flu shot, there are foods you can eat to give your body tools to help it fight off illnesses before they reach you.

Maya Nahra, a registered dietitian, visited "Good Morning Arizona" Tuesday to share five foods you can eat during the holiday season to stay healthy.

Flu-fighting foods

1)  Yogurt -- Yogurt has a lot of probiotics and can help maintain a healthy gut. A study by the University of California found that people who ate 3/4 cup of yogurt a day had 25 percent less likely a chance of contracting the cold and flu.

2)  Raw honey and nuts -- Honey is full of live enzymes that help fight bacteria. When you pair honey with nuts, you get selenium and vitamin E. Nuts such as Brazil nuts and almonds are powerful antioxidants for the body. KIND bars, which are whole-grain fruit and nut bars, are a great snack on the go with no GMOs.

3)  Garlic -- Garlic has a component to it called allicin that kills viruses responsible for cold and flu. During the holidays, roasted garlic can add tasty flavor, along with health benefits, to meals.

4)  Tea -- Tea stops the growth of bacteria in the gut. You can choose from a variety of flavors, but watch out for added sugars.

5)  Orange foods -- Orange foods are abundant during the holidays. They carry glutathione, which is a powerful antioxidant that destroys foreign invaders, and beta-carotene, which is a pre-cursor to vitamin A and helps protect skin. Some good orange foods to choose from include carrots, persimmons, oranges, pumpkin, butternut squash and Popchips.

For more information, visit www.mayanahra.com.
 

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