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 MartzREAD MORE: Michigan Matters: Fighting for Inclusion, Detroit's Place in Civil Rights History
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.READ MORE: Karen Carter, and Others Metro Detroiters Chipped In To Help Salvation Army’s Bed and Bread Radiothon
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.MORE NEWS: Granholm Confirmed By Senate To Be Next Energy Secretary