While an apple a day can keep the doctor away, there are five other foods that can also help keep you healthy.

Check out these immune-boosting foods filled with nutrients that can help you build up a tolerance to seasonal sickness, colds, flu, infections and bugs you can get while traveling:

  1. Chicken Soup
    Chicken soup is truly good for the body and soul. The nutrients in the soup help keep you hydrated and even out your body temperature. Bonus? Chicken is high in zinc and carrots are rich in vitamin C.1
  2. Yogurt
    Did you know that eating “good bacteria” is a great way to improve your immune system and digestion? Luckily, yogurt is a good source of “live and active cultures,” which can be found printed on the label. Yogurt is also a great source of vitamin D.2
  3. Green Tea

    The immune-boosting effects of green tea are in large part due to the plant’s antioxidants. This wonder food is known to reduce your chances of catching a cold or flu.3
  4. Honey
    This sweet treat can soothe your throat during a cold and helps calm your cough. Fun fact? Honey can treat indigestion and acid reflux.4 So instead of using sugar to sweeten your coffee or tea, try a spoonful of honey instead.
  5. Garlic
    You can find garlic in almost every meal because it gives a little zing to your food. Additionally, it’s also a must-have for your health. Studies from the National Institute of Food Science and Technology have shown that garlic is valuable for fighting infections and can help lower cholesterol.5

As long you don’t have allergies to any of these foods, be sure to add them to your diet to help power on through life!


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1. http://www.eatingwell.com/nutrition_health/healthy_immunity_center/5_immunity_boosting_foods_nutrients?page=2

2. http://www.healthline.com/health/food-nutrition/foods-that-boost-the-immune-system#Broccoli4

3. http://www.livestrong.com/article/299895-benefits-of-green-tea-regarding-the-immune-system/

4. http://www.mensfitness.com/nutrition/what-to-eat/7-superfoods-to-boost-immunity/slide/5

5. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19484634