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Foods to boost immunity naturally

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'Tis the season to catch the flu.

Doctors recommend a flu shot, but there are some other ways you can helpboost your immune system and fight off those nasty bugs-- naturally!

FOX35's Kimberly Wiggins takes us to the grocery store for some flu-fightingfoods.

Dawn Napoli, a registered dietician at UF Health Cancer Center at OrlandoHealth took us to Publix to show us some simple foods that can help boost yourimmune system.. Naturally.

 First up is red and orange fruits and veggies.

"Things like sweet potatoes and carrots and red peppers will have a lot of VitaminA. Vitamin A is a really strong antioxidant that really helps with your visionand your eyes, but also helps to fight off all those flus and colds,"Napoli said.

 She says they're good raw, but baking them is best.

"Putting a little bit of butter on there will help you absorb all thatVitamin A," said Napoli.

 Also, throw some bell peppers in your basket.

"With bell peppers, especially if they're red and orange and yellow ones. They'regoing to have a lot of Vitamin C. People always think of citrus with Vitamin C,but bell peppers actually have more Vitamin C than oranges."

 And Napoli says don't forget the fungi! The more exotic, the better.

"Penn State actually did a study in 2005 and found that mushrooms actuallyhave 12%  more antioxidant power thanwheatgerm,"

Also garlic is great.

A trail mix with seeds and nuts helps, too.

"It's easy to get that selenium in and ward off those colds andviruses."

Napoli says your gut is your first line of defense so load up on yogurt.

"There's a study done in Vienna saying that even just 1 serving, about a 6oz. yogurt, per day, will help protect your colon,"

Need to catch more Vitamin D? Try cold water, fatty fish.

"There was a study done that found that people that were more likely to getsick had a lower vitamin d status so that's how we know that we need to takemore Vitamin D."

Lastly, a cup of tea really does the immune system good.

"The stars of tea are green, white, and black tea. There was a study thatshowed that drinking 5 cups of black tea for two weeks actually increaseVitamin D and quadrupled the immune system of those people,"

And that's just a few foods that'll help your immune system pack a punchthis flu season.

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