Preparing For the Flu This Winter Season

Posted on November 20, 2018 by Family Physicians in Trinity

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The winter is prime time for sickness to spread, but you don’t have the time to get sidelined on the couch for three days! In addition to a regular sleep schedule and daily exercise, your diet is one of the most powerful weapons you have against illness.

Superfoods like salmon, oatmeal, berries, and almonds will deliver the nutrition your body needs to fight off bad bacteria, boost your immune system, give you more energy, and help you feel like the best version of yourself.

Salmon

Salmon is rich in omega-3 fatty acids, the essential unsaturated fat that decreases dangerous triglycerides, lowers blood pressure, and lowers cholesterol. In addition to these incredible benefits that reduce your risk of heart disease, omega-3s also improve mental skills and reduce painful inflammation in the body. You’ll be impressed to see the positive changes you experience after eating salmon just a few times per week.

Oatmeal with Berries

Oatmeal is a powerhouse of nutrition, but not the instant oatmeal that is laced with artificial sugar. Select old-fashioned oatmeal that is pure and high in soluble fiber. Oatmeal acts like a sponge in the digestive tract to soak up dangerous cholesterol and eliminate it from the body before it hits the bloodstream. Adding berries on top is a simple and delicious way to nourish the body with antioxidants that support your immune system by fighting off free radicals.

Almonds and Other Nuts

Almonds are your new best friend. Not only are they 13 percent protein, but just a handful of almonds contains high levels of vitamin E, magnesium, and fiber. Combined with the healthy monounsaturated fat found in these nuts, unsalted almonds make the perfect snack choice when you’re hungry or on-the-run. Keep them nearby to fight fatigue, boost your brain power, and keep your body feeling satiated.

Make sure your immune system is running on all cylinders by scheduling an appointment at Family Medical Center in Port Richey or Trinity, Florida. You can receive your flu shot and other winter essentials to keep you healthy. The doctors at Family Medical Center are devoted to addressing the healthcare needs of all patients ages 2 to 100, so call (727) 375-5885 to make your appointment now.