Susan Moores, Kowalski's Markets' Nutritionist, shares which foods can help us fight off cold and flu season.
Moores says the best way to fight off the illness is by taking care of your inner workings and being sure to know what foods to eat to get the good bacteria working in your favor. Healthy bacteria can strengthen your immune system and help to fight off the germs that make you sick.
Probiotics are a great way to give your body the good bacteria it needs. Some examples are:
- Yogurt and kefir
- Tempeh (fermented "cake" made from soybeans; used as a meat substitute)
- Miso (soybean paste used in Asian dishes)
- Kimchi (pickled, fermented vegetables)
- Other fermented foods
Another good way to fight off the cold and flu season is to be sure to give your body prebiotics, which are "food" for the good bacteria in your body. Prebiotics, unlike probiotics, feed the hundreds of straings of good bacteria that are already in your body.
Good sources for prebiotics include:
- Barley and other whole grains (quinoa, brown rice, whole wheat foods, oats, corn)
- Dark green vegetables (e.g. kale, spinach, broccoli, Brussels sprouts)
- Berries, bananas, citrus fuirts, and other fruit (pears, apples, and peaches)
- Beans and legumes (lentils, garbanzo, beans, black beans, etc.)
- Parsnips and carrots
- Winter squash
By being sure to fill your body with probiotics and prebiotics you're giving yourself a good chance at staying healthy and avoiding the nasty cold and flu season.