13 Surprising Ways to Avoid Getting Sick

Don’t let the flu take you down along with the other 63 million Americans

Avoid eating foods that have a negative effect on the immune system, like sugar and white bread.

The flu is the number one reason that people take off work during the fall and winter months. Although cold and flu season is already here, it’s not too late to take preventative measures. Each year, up to 63 million Americans come down with the flu, 200,000 Americans are hospitalized with the flu, and 3,000 Americans die from the flu.

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Each year, up to 111 million workdays are lost because of the flu. We spoke with Janet Little, nutritionist for Sprouts Farmers Market about how to avoid getting sick. “Mother Nature is pretty smart in that she makes available specific nutrients in fall foods that support and boost our immune system,” Little said. “Fruits, vegetables, and grains harvested in the fall are full of vitamins A, B, C, selenium, zinc, and other immune boosting nutrients.”

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“When possible, choose organically grown foods,” Little said. “They are best because not only are they free of harsh chemicals, but they also contain more micro-minerals such as zinc, selenium, and iron, which play a vital role in many immune system reactions.”