2. Eat Right
A diet rich in antioxidants enhances your body’s ability to fight off bacterial and viral infections. Antioxidant rich foods include:
● Vitamin C – Found in oranges, strawberries, melons, tomatoes, sweet potatoes, cauliflower, kale, broccoli, and brussel sprouts.
● Vitamin E – Found in leafy green vegetables as well as nuts, sunflower seeds, eggs and milk.
● Carotenoids (which contain beta-carotene) – Found in peaches, watermelon, apricots, beets, sweet potatoes, squash and corn.
● Zinc – Found in whole grains, beans, nuts, dairy products and seafood.
● Selenium – Found in Brazil nuts, tuna, beef and poultry.
Boost your intake of these key foods by enjoying fresh squeezed fruit and vegetable juices, salads with mixed vegetables, and homemade trail mix with your favorite nuts, whole grain granola or dried fruit. Supplements are generally not necessary, but you can talk to your healthcare provider if you have dietary restrictions or food allergies that would make it difficult to get enough of these key nutrients.