In the dead of winter, it’s difficult to focus on the weight you’ve packed on while hibernating and binge watching Netflix. I even notice that my coworkers have been slamming protein-rich smoothies for breaks instead of going to the vending machine.
While eating right to maintain a healthy weight, and even shed a few unwanted pounds may be admirable, there are many other reasons to make healthy changes that don’t even bring losing weight into the equation…
Protection During Flu Season
Sure, a healthy diet can translate to a slimmer waistline, but it can also protect you from all of those seasonal colds and flus swirling around your school or office. A study from the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition notes that if you eat more fresh fruits and vegetables, you’re less likely to fall ill.
In fact, the study showed that the key to iron-skinned immunity is eating your 5 fruits and veggies per day—regardless of the rest of your diet (and even if you have a sweet tooth). But when it comes to the best of the best immune strengthening- foods, garlic is the clear winner, reducing illness by roughly 64-percent. (Here are some more Flu Prevention Tips).