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Staying Healthy Through the Cold and Flu Season

This year, most people have had a tough time getting a flu shot. The fact that the vaccine is in short supply has put many people on alert about the flu and cold season. But there’s no guarantee that the vaccine will prevent you from getting the flu, and there is no vaccine against the common cold. What can you do stay healthy this winter? Be careful about exposure and keep your immune system in tip-top order through a healthy diet and exercise.

Fresh1 offers a wide variety of fruits and vegetables rich in vitamins and antioxidants that can help strengthen your immune system and ward off illness. Make a daily habit of eating at least one fruit with Vitamin C, get some exercise at least 3 times a week, and wash your hands frequently to keep cold and flu germs at bay. By taking better care of yourself, you can minimize your chance of infection or diminish the severity of any bugs you do happen to catch. A diet full of powerful fruits and vegetables is key to good health!

  • One glass of orange juice a day can help you fight off colds and flu. One 8-ounce serving contains 100% of your daily requirement of Vitamin C, which boosts the immune system.
  • Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant and helps support cardiovascular health, reduce the risk of some cancers, and aids in the absorption of inorganic iron, which aids in the treatment of anemia and stress.
  • Just half of a medium grapefruit provides all of your daily requirement of Vitamin C, and contains nutrients that help strengthen bones, tissues, and blood vessels.
  • Oranges and grapefruits are high in soluble fiber, which may help reduce risk of cancer and heart disease, as well as aid in digestion.
  • Citrus fruits are a good source of the essential nutrient potassium, which helps promote healthy function of the cells and nerves.
  • Avocados are an excellent source of monounsaturated fat, which helps lower cholesterol levels, and contains antioxidants and phytonutrients that work together to reduce oxidant stress and prevent disease.

During the winter months, citrus fruits are in season and taste better than at any time of the year, so stock on oranges, grapefruit, and, of course, chicken soup, and you’ll weather the cold and flu season with or without that coveted flu shot. Nature gives us a great back-up plan, and it’s a delicious plan too, so stick with it.

Sources: Nutritional facts courtesy of www.aboutproduce.com and the Florida Department of Citrus.


 
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