5 Foods to Fight Colds and Flu
One of protein's many jobs is pumping up your ability to make disease-busting antibodies. Just steer clear of fatty red meats and full-fat dairy foods (they promote heart-hazardous inflammation). Pick up healthy-fat, high-protein foods, such as nonfat dairy, skinless white-meat chicken, ground turkey breast, tofu, fish, nuts, and beans.
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Stock up on this superfood.
A brilliant prescription for revving up your immunity? An apple a day. Studies have shown that pectin, a special kind of fiber found in apples, may help boost levels of immune-supportive proteins. So crunching an apple a day could very well help keep the doctor away this cold season.
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Spice up your chicken soup.
If you catch something anyway, chicken soup shortens its duration by 50%. One theory about why: Cooked chicken releases cysteine, an amino acid that's chemically similar to acetylcysteine, a bronchitis drug. Up the soup's knockout punch to cold and flu bugs by tossing in infection-fighting garlic and hot red pepper, which contains capsaicin, a powerful decongestant.
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