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Six Breakfast Foods That Help Fight Off a Cold

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More people get sick this time of year than any other. If your workplace is anything like mine, it seems like everyone BUT you is sick and you’re willing to do whatever you can to keep the sickness at bay.  Turns out that eating the right things can help you stay healthy. If you’re a fitness nut, you might know this stuff. But for the rest of us, here are six breakfast foods that help boost your immune system.

#1.) Blueberries. They have more antioxidants than any other fruit or vegetable, and also have vitamin C. They’re good for breakfast because it’s easy to put them on cereal, in yogurt, or in a shake.

#2.) Pumpkin Seeds. They’re loaded with zinc, which is an ingredient in a lot of cold medicines, like Zicam nasal spray. They work well in cereal, yogurt, and oatmeal.

#3.) Eggs. You’re probably already eating them. And that’s good because they have a good amount of selenium, which is essential for your immune system. If you HATE eggs, you can also get selenium in milk or cottage cheese.

#4.) Papayas. An average papaya has more than three times the amount of vitamin C you need in a day. And they also have beta-carotene, which is another immune booster.

#5.) Lemons. Too much sugar can weaken your immune system. So using lemon whenever you can is better. Just don’t put it in your coffee or tea if there’s already milk in it. The acid from the lemon will make the milk curdle.

#6.) Kiwi. They’re loaded with vitamin E, and one kiwi has more vitamin C than an orange. Plus, pound-for-pound they have almost as much potassium as bananas. And the antioxidants in kiwis are good for your respiratory system.

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