10 Ways to Win the War on Colds and the Flu

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10 Ways to Win the War on Colds and the Flu

Dodge the season’s coughs, sneezes, and fevers with these everyday habits.

Flu season is not the time to skimp on your daily dose of vegetables, healthy fats, and whole grains. A balance of the vitamins, minerals, and electrolytes you need from a well-balanced diet helps keep your immune system in top shape, Furuya says. Research also shows extra vitamin C may help lower the risk of catching a cold for people who expose their bodies to extreme stress—think distance running or long hours on the ski slopes—while other studies suggest extra C may lessen the severity of symptoms if you do catch a cold. Bottom line: It can't hurt. Load up on cantaloupe, citrus fruits, mango, pineapple, green and red pepper, spinach, and tomato—or pop a 500mg supplement daily.

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