It’s that time of year again – winter! Everybody already knows that we’re more likely to get sick this time of year. But do you know what foods you can eat to help avoid this possibility? We’ve put together a list of some of the tastiest and healthiest foods that you can eat this winter season to help keep you happy and healthy all year long.

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8 Foods to Eat to Avoid Getting Sick
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1. Citrus Fruits
There’s a reason that a lot of people drink orange juice at breakfast. The high content of Vitamin C in citrus fruits helps with the duration and severity of colds. So even though it won’t exactly prevent a cold, if you’re on the fence and think that you might be getting sick, foods rich in Vitamin C can help you shorten the duration of what’s going on.

2. Ginger
This ancient root has several health-increasing properties. We recommend chopping up ginger and steeping it in boiling water for 10 minutes to make your very own ginger tea. In case you’re not in love with the taste, you might want to add a bit of honey. Speaking of which…

3. Honey
Studies have shown that honey has the potential to limit microbial growth that can cause infection to your body. Some doctors also believe that honey is a great cough suppressant.

4. Green Tea
Green tea is packed with health-enhancing antioxidants which are great for you and your immune system. These antioxidants help your immune system so you can stop a cold before it starts.

5. Water
This might seem like a no-brainer, but a lot of people can forget this one. The better hydrated that you are, the less likely that you are to get sick. (Alcohol and caffeine are common culprits for dehydration, so if you enjoy them, do so in moderation and include extra water to counteract the effects of those kinds of beverages.)

6. Chicken Soup
This is another great thing to eat if you think that you’re on the fence of getting sick. Similar to hot tea, any hot liquids will help your body loosen up mucus, which will help you breathe better.

7. Blueberries
Blueberries are great – not only because they’re delicious but because they’re loaded with antioxidants, which help boost your immune  system to avoid getting sick before it starts. Specifically, they contain  anthocyanins, which are being studied for their role in possibly reducing inflammation.

8. Leafy greens
Leafy green vegetables, like spinach, are a great choice for a food to eat this winter. Spinach has a huge amount of antioxidants. Spinach also contains lipoic acid, which may play a role in the regeneration of Vitamins C and E. In short, making yourself a salad would be a great choice for a healthy food this winter.

In short, if you drink green tea every day and bring a lot of fruits and vegetables into your diet, you will already be halfway to your goal of avoiding sickness. Bon appétit!

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The views expressed herein are those of the author himself, and not necessarily those of any medical facility or physician. This article is intended to provide those reading it with information about matters of current interest. It should not be construed as legal or medical advice concerning a specific topic and should not be acted upon without contacting the appropriate professionals.
Steve Bronson
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This guest post was written by Steve Bronson in association with Doctors Imaging. They're radiologists concerned about quality patient care and healthy dietary choices. More information can be found at www.doctorsimaging.com/.

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