When cold and flu season rolls around, we all try to boost our immune systems as best we can. We batten down the hatches by washing our hands more, drinking lots of fluids, and keeping our distance from sneezy people. But what do we do when we inevitably get that first cold of the season? (And it is inevitable. According to the CDC, most adults get 2 to 3 colds a year, which typically last 7 to 10 days.) While it's impossible to avoid getting a cold altogether, the right diet can make it possible to shorten how long the bug lasts.
"Fruits and veggies are the best foods to eat because they are packed with vitamins and minerals that boost your immune system, and they may even reduce the duration of some colds and illnesses," says Torey Armul, RD, a spokesperson for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.
It's all too easy to make unhealthy food choices when you're sick since junk food is both quick and comforting. Armul suggests that we make healthy foods the easy option by stocking our refrigerators with nutrient-rich foods. To learn the best picks, we asked dieticians around the country what they eat to kick their colds to the curb. Yes, certain fruits and veggies made the list, but so did a few more unexpected foods. Read on for their favorite immunity-boosting dishes and snacks.
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This article was originally published by our partners at Prevention.