Getting a vaccine is not the only way to protect yourself from the flu. What you eat every day can also protect you from getting sick. That is why local physicians with American Family Care are advising families during National Flu Prevention Week to add 5 FluFighting Foods to their grocery lists.
National urgent care provider American Family Care is launching National Flu Prevention Week on October 23rd ahead of what AFC doctors anticipate could be a doozy of a flu season. Hurricanes and wildfires have disrupted lives, keeping people in close quarters spreading germs, preventing access to medical care and docs and that could make flu cases skyrocket over the next few months.
AFC Physicians are urging patients everywhere to not only get vaccinated by the end ofOctober, but to frequently wash their hands and take steps to keep their immune systems strong by including flu fighting foods in their diet.
5 FLU FIGHTING FOODS
Garlic contains allicin, a compound that is known to boost immunity. You can either crush, slice or chew garlic for it to produce properties that can build up immunity to viruses that cause the common cold or flu.
- CHICKEN SOUP
For years, mothers around the world have put a bowl of chicken soup in front of their sick children. A study published in the American Journal of Therapeutics supports the maternal instinct to “feed a cold”. The research found most chicken soup recipes include a compound called carnosine, which can mobilize the immune system to fight the early stages of flu. Just watch sodium content of soup, too much salt can cause dehydration.
Fresh salmon, tuna even trout are solid choices to get a beneficial dose of Omega 3 fatty acids. A study by researchers at Michigan State University found Omega 3’s can increase activity of white blood cells that fight flu by eating bacteria. It’s a good idea to eat two to three times a week during cold and flu season.
- WHOLE GRAINS
Whole grains are good for your gut during flu season. Why? They contain brown rice, oats and buckwheat which help build healthy bacteria in your stomach, plus whole grains are loaded with zinc, an immune system booster.
- FRUITS AND VEGGIES
A substance found in a wide variety of fruits and vegetables, including red onions,grapes and broccoli, was found to reduce the likelihood of flu in mice in a study published by The American Physiological Society. Quercetin has shown to have anti-viral properties in other studies, as well.
AFC physicians say making lifestyle adjustments, like to your diet, paired with getting theflu shot can boost your chances of avoiding illness over the next few months. “This fluseason could be tricky,” says Dr. Jeremy Allen, Regional Medical Director for American Family Care, “Millions of people have been affected by the recent hurricanes and wildfires, these disasters have thrown off their routines. Many of these people may still be waiting to get their flu shots, plus they have been in confined areas, like in shelters or staying with relatives while their homes are repaired. We all need to take the time to protect ourselves, get vaccinated and make sure we wash our hands frequently – to cut down on spreading germs.”
Throughout AFC’s National Flu Prevention Week (October 23 – 29) flu vaccines will be $15 or less at AFC clinics in your area and across the country.