Sometimes we take a little break from the whole “dental blog” thing to bring you advice to help your everyday life! We get it; no one likes to read about teeth all the time (well, .maybe us dentists). So let’s take a break and not talk shop for a week. Sound good? Good!

The holiday season is upon us, and that means the flu season has come in with a vengeance. No one likes to be sick during the family Christmas party, so make sure you stay healthy by eating a well-rounded diet. Your immune system is your first line of defense when it comes to avoiding the flu (well flu shots are, but the immune system is an excellent backup). What you eat is a significant factor in overall wellness, so check out these great things you can munch on that will boost your immune system this winter

1) Micronutrients

Micronutrients found in food are an important frontline for a healthy immune system. Micronutrients include things like Vitamins A, B2, B6, C, D, E, and zinc and selenium. For more information about what vitamins do, check here. If you want to know more about the naming process, you’re on your own for that one. Vitamin names are a confusing topic so let’s not get sidetracked!

Which foods contain these vitamins? We’re glad you asked! You’re going to look for:

  • Leafy Greens (spinach, kale)
  • Nuts (almonds, peanuts)
  • Fruits (bananas, oranges)
  • Cold Water Fish (tuna)
  • Foods high in carotenoids (carrots, kale, baked sweet potatoes)
  • Pumpkins

Not hard right? It’s a list of things you probably already associate with “healthy foods”.

2) Probiotics

You’ve no doubt heard this word before but might not have any idea what it means. It’s touted on the front of blended fruit drinks and other health drinks everywhere as that “good for you!” thing.

Probiotics are bacteria, but the good kind! Your body contains about 100 trillion bacteria, which is about ten times the amount of cells you have in your body. Basically, you’re ten times more bacteria than you are human, so you should take care of yourself in a way that resembles that! Foods touting the label “active” or “live” culture are the way to go for this category. Usually, you’ll find these in products like yogurts and kefir.

3) Teas

Yes tea, called the anti-coffee by some. It is the second most consumed beverage in the world right behind coffee, and home to some very useful compounds that help you fight disease.

An amino acid known as L-theanine is found in green and black teas has been shown to help fight off viruses. Nothing more to say about that really, tea is good for you!

Wrap Up

Healthy diet, healthy body. If you have any questions, feel free to call us or fill out the form on the side!