Nutrition Feature | Beating the Flu Season

Along with the amazing change of seasons in Colorado comes the onset of cold and flu season. There are several key nutrients that keep our immune system humming.

Vitamin C protects you from infection by stimulating the formation of antibodies and boosting immunity. Include more of this healthy vitamin in your diet with citrus fruits, red bell pepper, strawberries and tomatoes. Supplementing with 1,000 mg of C per day is also helpful.

Vitamin A helps regulate the immune system and protects us from infections by keeping skin and tissues in the mouth, stomach, intestines and respiratory system healthy. Vitamin A is found in sweet potatoes, carrots, leafy greens and eggs.

Vitamin E works as an antioxidant and neutralizes free radicals to improve immune function. Vitamin E foods include: sunflower seeds, almonds, hazelnuts and peanut butter. Zinc helps the immune system work properly. It can be found in lean meat, poultry, seafood, beans, seeds and nuts.

Zinclozenges and extra vitamin C tablets are great added support when you feel those sniffles or sore throat coming on.

My biggest tip on boosting your immune system? Reduce or eliminate sugar. It is no surprise that the holidays season is also cold and flu season as sugar suppresses our immune system for 45-minutes after consumption. Keep yourself in the game with proper nutrient support and lower sugar intake all winter long.

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