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Diabetes Still Isn't Easy: Immune-Boosting Foods to Fight Colds and Flu

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Health line has partnered with the Friedman Diabetes Institute to bring you "Diabetes Still Isn't Easy," a blog dedicated to diabetes education and wellness.

Sore throat, runny nose, sneezing, and coughing. Sound familiar? It's that time of year again. Extreme changes in temperature, lack of sleep and exercise, chaotic holiday schedules, and stress at work can result in a compromised immune system-just as cases of the common cold and flu are on the rise.

We all know what we should be doing to stay healthy and keep our immune systems strong: Exercise regularly, wash hands frequently, get adequate sleep, drink lots of water, and-this is key- eat healthily. It's important to keep your immune system boosted with a variety of vitamins and nutrients. Of course, no food or supplement will guarantee a flufree season, but some foods have immune-boosting properties that can help ward off pesky bugs. Protein, antioxidants, essential fatty acids, and certain vitamins and minerals are all crucial for a healthy immune system.

Chicken Noodle Soup Chicken soup's healing powers are legendary. The broth provides needed fluids, while the salt helps to keep the nasal passages clear and the mucus thin, just like cough medicine. Not willing to make your own chicken soup? Studies show that commercial soups are just as effective as the homemade kinds.

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