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Foods For Flu: 12 Ways To Prevent Getting Sick This Season

10/22/2015 03:23 EDT | Updated 10/22/2015 03:59 EDT

If there was a sure-fire way to prevent ourselves from ever getting a cold and/or the flu this season, we would all be all over it.

Last year about 7,500 people were hospitalized for influenza and many more had the flu or had the common cold. And it’s estimated that sick days — many of which come during the winter cold-and-flu season — cost the Canadian economy $16.6 billion every year.

But while we know there are proven ways to cut our chances of getting sick, like getting the flu shot and washing our hands frequently, we haven’t yet found a silver bullet. Fortunately, there are things you can do every day to make sure you’re as healthy as possible, which can help prevent illnesses in the long run.

Eating a healthy diet is one of those things. Including these 12 immune-boosting foods in your diet regularly, and particularly when you feel an illness coming on. Let us know which foods work for you in the comments below.

12 Immune-Boosting Foods