You have your annual flu shot, frequently wash your hands and get plenty of rest to avoid getting a cold or the flu. But don't forget one of the most important strategies: your food choices! The Immunity Booster Diet includes certain foods that help your body marshal its defense system to prevent sickness. Here's how:
• Active acidophilus cultures, found in many yogurts, promote a strong digestive system. That's why this diet incorporates yogurt into its meal choices.
• Vitamin C helps to keep your immune system healthy, is used by your body during the healing process and may protect against cancer. This meal plan includes fruits, vegetables and juices high in vitamin C to help fight off illness.
• Whole grains and cereals contain more nutrients than highly processed foods. You'll find plenty of whole-grain breads and fortified cereals in the Immunity Booster plan.
• Garlic has antibiotic properties that can help prevent disease. This diet includes at least one clove each day in your foods.