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    The best foods to avoid getting sick

    The best foods to avoid getting sick

    By incorporating certain vegetables, crustaceans, plants and drinks into your diet, you increase your chances of spending the fall and winter in excellent health.


    The microbe hunt is on! If you want to put yourself on the odds so that you don't get a cold or the flu in the next few months, you need to help your body get stronger. To get there, just add a few products to your daily meals. Here are some examples of foods that boost the immune system.

    Fruits and vegetables

    Start by stopping at the fruit and vegetable department, and stock up on:
    • squash, rich in beta-carotene, antioxidant and which could improve the functioning of certain cells of the immune system;
    • peppers, which contain vitamin C, essential for boosting immunity;
    • spinach, for their iron and vitamin A content (100 g provides half of the recommended daily intake of vitamin A);
    • carrots, also rich in vitamins;
    • citrus fruits (lemon, orange, grapefruit) can help you boost your immune system and your energy.

    The mushrooms

    By consuming selenium, a nutrient found in mushrooms, you are helping your white blood cells to function well. And you will benefit from the antimicrobial and antioxidant properties of this low-calorie and delicious food.

    Garlic and onion

    These two plants offer significant antiviral properties. Garlic protects liver health and onions provide a significant amount of vitamin C and probiotics.

    Note: raw garlic is 1.5 times more powerful than its powder or dried version. Tip to maximize its benefits while limiting the effects on the breath: crush or cut each garlic clove and let it breathe for 10 to 15 minutes before cooking or incorporating it into a vinaigrette.

    Fish and shellfish

    Nothing like a platter of seafood and fish to boost your immune system. Oysters provide zinc, which participates in the functioning of white blood cells and helps fight infections. And fatty fish like smoked herring, salmon and sardines are excellent sources of vitamin D and omega-3.

    Yogurt

    Don't forget to go through the "dairy dessert" box and give yourself a yogurt to maintain good digestive health. By strengthening the lining of your gut, you are helping your body fight viruses, especially if you are elderly, stressed, or have a chronic illness.

    Tea

    To finish the meal off nicely, or to give yourself a break in the middle of the day, do not hesitate to make yourself a cup of tea. Not only will this drink warm you up, give you energy and help your kidneys function well, but its antioxidant nutrients help strengthen the immune system.

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