Stay Healthy! Five foods to boost your immune system

Getting sick, whether it’s an irritating cold or a major illness, can really throw your training for a loop.  We’ve talked before about how to do everything you can to avoid coming down with something, but today we’re going to focus quickly on diet in particular.

Like the rest of your body, your immune system needs good, quality food to operate at it’s best.  Here are five everyday foods that will help give it the edge.

1.  Yogurt.  Live cultures are a good thing.  They keep your system in balance and generally help our bodies work as intended.  You can get them through supplements, but research is beginning to suggest that the real deal gives you the best benefits.  Try to squeeze in a couple of servings of probiotics every day.

2.  Oats.  Oatmeal is one easy way to go.  Oats are high in fiber and antioxidants, both a big deal when you’re trying to stay healthy.

3.  Fish.  Those omega-3’s you’re always hearing about?  Fish is the go-to source.  In addition to providing direct support to your immune system, they also help keep your lungs clear and open, a huge win for runners.

4.  Tea.  For pretty much a direct injection of immunity-boosting antioxidants, drink black or green.  Decaf works.

5.  Soup.  Okay, this one isn’t so much a food as a delivery mechanism.  There’s really no better way to put a whole bunch of good, healthy stuff into one tasty package.  It’ll warm you up on a cold day, help clear your throat (fighting mucous), and can go a long way towards getting you your daily dose of vegetables…a frequent challenge for a lot of us.

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