DETROIT (WWJ) – Can your diet help fight off the flu?

You get a flu shot, you wash your hands often, you get plenty of rest, all to protect yourself from the flu; but don’t forget your diet, says Beaumont hospital registered dietitian Deborah Martz

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Martz says certain foods can help boost your immune system.

“There are many phytonutrients and anti-oxidants and there are certain foods that are actually anti-viral and anti-bacterial,” Martz told WWJ Health Reporter Dr. Deanna Lites.

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Some of the best foods to protect yourself from the flu include fruits and vegetables, lean protein, low-fat dairy,

Martz says cinnamon and green tea can also pack a punch against the flu bug. “Through research that’s done that could keep the virus from reproducing or replicating. The same is true with cinnamon.”

Besides eating a healthy diet, getting a flu shot, regular exercise and frequent hand washing can also help prevent the flu.

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For more, check out Women’s Health Magazine’s six foods to fight the flu, HERE and foods to fight colds from HERE.