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Tips to Help Keep the Flu at Bay

Children's Healthcare of Atlanta provides a list of immune-strengthening foods.

With some reports claiming that the flu is expected to peak next week, Children's Healthcare of Atlanta's Strong4Life has provided a list of power foods parents can try to help keep sickness at bay:

1. Kiwis: Packed with more immune-enhancing vitamin C than oranges, kiwis are in season all winter.

2. Cinnamon: With its antibacterial and antiviral properties, this ancient spice has been used to boost immune systems for thousands of years.

3. Carrots: Did you know these vibrant veggies were originally grown as medicine for a variety of ailments? Carrots are an excellent source of vitamin A and the antioxidant, beta-carotene. They’re also low in calories and in season all winter.

4. Pears: These beauties are available all winter and make a tasty stand in for apples. Better yet, they’re a great source of fiber, which promotes both immune and digestive system health.

5. Leafy greens: Pick up some leafy greens, like kale, cabbage, collards and spinach. They’re available all winter, fresh or frozen. Plus, they’re packed with immune boosters like vitamin A, vitamin C and folate.

For more nutrition and activity tips, visit Strong4Life.com.

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