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Adding a few foods to your diet could help fight the flu

 The flu vaccine is your best defense against the flu, and if you did get the vaccine already, you could get a milder version of the flu if you do get the virus this year. (WKRC)

CINCINNATI (WKRC) - The flu vaccine is your best defense against the flu, and if you did get the vaccine already, you could get a milder version of the flu if you do get the virus this year.

As for its effectiveness this season, family medicine specialists doctor Scott Woods said: "There was certainly some warning that it was not going to be as good as some previous years, but I don't know that the CDC has made a judgment call on that yet."

So, if you want, take flu prevention into your own hands by staying away from sick people.

And then it's important for every individual just to do respiratory precautions. Keep your own hands washed and keep your own hands off your own respiratory tract.

In addition to that, Tufts University recommends you add a few flu-fighting foods to your daily diet.

These foods might be ordinary things that you have already in your own kitchen, and they are not a substitute for good medical care or even some of the newer medication that helps you fight the flu, but they are ordinary, everyday things that might make you feel better initially, or maybe even in this season of sickness help get your immune system strong so you don't get the flu.

Tufts researchers say we tend to eat less of the foods we need most in the winter months to fight infection, fresh fruits and vegetables. So, start your flu-fighting list with citrus fruits loaded with vitamin C such as oranges and grapefruits and leafy greens such as spinach and broccoli.

Bananas are high in potassium, and squash is loaded with vitamin A.

The Tufts team says some research also shows vitamin E foods may enhance the body's response to the flu vaccine and reduce respiratory infection risk, so add in nuts and seeds, whole grains, and olives or olive oil to get extra flu-fighting protection.

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