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Published on February 01, 2016

Give Your Immune System a Healthy Boost

Runny noses, sneezing and sore throats are no fun. While there is no magic food that can prevent or cure a cold, what you eat can make a big difference when it comes to staying healthy, energetic and as sick-free as possible.

“Building and maintaining a healthy immune system is all about good nutrition,” says Andrea Hartnett, RD, a registered dietitian and nutritionist at Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare. “Think lean protein and antioxidants.”

Hartnett recommends you have a protein source at every meal and five servings of fruits and vegetables every day. Some of the best lean proteins to incorporate into your diet are:

  • Eggs
  • Low-fat cheese and yogurt
  • Lean meats
  • Seafood
  • Nuts and natural peanut butter
  • Soy products
  • Peas and beans

All fruits and vegetables supply valuable nutritional benefits to your overall health but the following may have some extra immune boosting power:

  • Cruciferous vegetables
  • Garlic and onions
  • Citrus fruits and juices
  • Yellow bell peppers
  • Mushrooms
  • Tomatoes

An active lifestyle and getting enough sleep are also important to making sure your body is strong enough to fight off illness.

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