We know, we know – we live in sunny San Diego, where scarves come out at 65 degrees and a little rain causes straight-up pandemonium in the streets. Still, the colder weather, damper climate, and shorter days lead to people taking a little less care of themselves… not to mention the holiday season is coming, meaning airplane rides and young kids with runny noses
Catching a cold or getting the flu can seriously put a damper on your fitness game, leaving you sniffly, achey, and fatigued, so the last place you’d want to be is the gym (and PS we don’t want you here if you’re sick! Stay home and get better!). Here are Balanced Fitness & Health’s top 5 foods to fend off colds this winter. Take care of your body, and it’ll take care of you!
Although we don’t suggest downing a clove of garlic before a date, raw garlic during cold season can be your own superhero against sickness. During one study, “British researchers gave 146 people either a placebo or a garlic extract for 12 weeks; the garlic takers were two-thirds less likely to catch a cold” (via Prevention). If you wanna skip the garlic breath, pop an extract – though nothing’s better than the real thing!
Yogurt (especially Greek style) is packed with protein, making it a great breakfast alternative for vegetarian fitness-lovers. The fact that its probiotics help improve your immune system and digestion is just a bonus! Just make sure you choose items from the store that are labeled “Live & Active Cultures” to get the best that yogurt has to offer (sorry- Gogurt ain’t gonna do it!).
“OATZ” as they are cutely called by guys looking to put on weight and build mass, have the added benefit of containing “beta-glucan, a type of fiber with antimicrobial and antioxidant capabilities more potent than echinacea,” according to a Norwegian study – and can help prevent everything from the flu to herpes. That means you can keep yourself healthy while maintaining your gains!
Alright fine, you hate grapefruit, don’t want garlic breath, dairy turns you into a fart train, and oatmeal makes you gag. Fine – then to keep your health in check this winter, you should take a multivitamin every day. They’re specifically engineered to pack as many illness-fighting nutrients as possible in one tiny pill, so you can take it and forget it – and spend the rest of your day taking Tabata classes or lifting heavy weights and getting ripped.
How do you fend off colds and sickness during flu season? Let us know in the comments!