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Beat the Flu Bug
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, January and February are the peak months of flu activity. The best defense against the flu is a year-round offense including eating right, staying active, getting enough rest and minimizing stress.
Several nutrients may play a role in enhancing your immunity. Beta carotene in deep-yellow fruits and veggies and dark-green leafy greens; vitamin B6 in whole grains, legumes, chicken and pork; vitamin C in citrus fruit, berries and melon; vitamin E in wheat germ and nuts; protein in dairy foods, meat, poultry, fish and legumes; selenium in meat and seafood; zinc in beef and seafood. Friendly bacteria in yogurt with live cultures may also help build immunity.
For more information about boosting your immune system through nutrition, consult a registered dietitian in your area and learn more about vitamins and nutrients.
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Reviewed November 2012