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Diet Tips to Cure Your Cold Before It Starts

Bottoms up! (Photo courtesy of Chris Gallo)

It's not even November yet and we've already had the first round of sniffles, coughs, and colds here at the FITNESS offices. Chances are, if you haven't had any cold or flu symptoms yet, you know someone who has, making you that much more vulnerable to getting sick.

We chatted with Gail Rampersaud, a registered dietitian in Florida for some ways to guard yourself against a cold this season. Below, her healthy eating tips for keeping your immune system in tact:

  • Consume at least five servings of fruits and veggies a day to get enough vitamins and antioxidants to keep you from catching a cold.
  • Lean meats, such as skinless chicken or beef contain iron and zinc, two minerals that will boost your immune system all winter long.
  • Drink up! One 8 oz. glass of 100 percent orange juice provides at least 100 percent of the daily value for vitamin C.

Rampersaud also shared this recipe for spiced orange green tea, so you can arm yourself with the proper nutrients before cold season officially starts.

Spiced Orange Green Tea


  • 4 oz. Florida Orange Juice
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 3 oz. green tea


Combine all ingredients in a pot and heat until heavily steaming. Strain and serve hot.

Now tell us: How do you prep for cold season?

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