Foods you can eat to help you from being sick.
It is that time of year again. We are staying inside more and getting sick. Who has time for being sick? I know we don’t have time at Germantown Cosmetic and Family Dentistry.
Dr Garrett has a few recommendations that may help you keep healthy:
1.) Micronutrients: The micronutrients (vitamins and minerals) in foods are vital for ward
ing off illness. Make sure you’re getting plenty of Vitamin A, B2, B6, C, D, E, zinc and selenium. The best foods containing these are:
- Leafy greens like spinach and kale
- Nuts like almonds and peanuts
- Fruits like bananas and oranges
- Cold-water fish like tuna
- Foods high in carotenoids like carrots
- Sweet potatoes and pumpkins
2.) Probiotics: There are hundreds of different kinds of bacteria in the digestive tract, and there is some evidence that having the right amount of “good bacteria” has a positive effect on the immune system. Probiotics are good bacteria that can be found in dairy products, like yogurt and kefir.
3.) Teas: An amino acid called L-theanine, found in green and black teas, has been shown to help the body fight off viruses. In one study, people who drank several cups of tea a week had more ability to fight off viral infections than those who drank a placebo.
4.) Also remember, the mouth is the gateway to the rest of your body. By maintaining good oral hygiene, you can help reduce the bacteria in your mouth and thus reduce the bacteria in your blood stream.