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What to eat to catch a cold

September 12th, 2011 | no comments

Your very next cold or flu bug is quietly lurking in the atmosphere just waiting to be caught. Welcome to cold and flu season! Will you be their latest victim? Here’s what not to do if you want to stay healthy this year:

1. Eat too much sugar:
Sugar weakens your white blood cells and renders them defenseless against harmful germs and bacteria. Natural sugars, like those found in milk and fruit, are fine. It’s the simple sugars you’ll want to look at cutting back on: soda, candy, pastries, cookies, fruit drinks, sweet teas, etc.

2. Eat too much saturated and/or trans fat:
Both trigger inflammation in the body. Keep your saturated fat intake low and eliminate trans fats completely!
Saturated fat-rich foods include:
fatty cuts of meat, poultry with skin, lard, cream, butter, cheese, ice cream, whole milk, bacon, sausage and coconut, palm and palm kernel oils. Trans fats are those made with partially hydrogenated oils, such as: cookies, crackers, doughnuts, margarine, potato chips, snack mixes or any food with the words “partially hydrogenated oils” in the ingredients.

3. Drink too much alcohol:
Just like sugar, alcohol weakens the ability of your white blood cells to destroy germs.

Be one step ahead of the game this cold and flu season by practicing two immune-boosting habits:

1. Eat fruits and vegetables every day
2. Make time for a little bit of exercise most days of the week

Stay healthy and make it an energizing day!

Melanie

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