Good nutrition―always in season―is the key to staying in top health throughout flu season.
“An overall healthful diet rich in vitamins and minerals is your best bet for the cold weather months,” says Julia Zumpano, RD, of the Cleveland Clinic Department of Preventive Cardiology. “You’ll also benefit from other nutrients not typically found in supplements when you eat a whole food.” Zumpano encourages plenty of fruits and vegetables (for vitamins C and E); whole grains, lean meats, and poultry (for zinc); and low-fat dairy products (for vitamin A). For example, in addition to vitamin E, a whole grain like quinoa or rye bread offers fiber, B vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients, which support overall good health.
Choose citrus, like grapefruit, oranges, kumquats, tangerines, and clementines as well as canned tomatoes, chiles, or pineapple for vitamin C.