These foods could keep you sniffle-free during cold and flu season

By TC Newman, Buzz60

No one has the time to stop their lives to nurse a cold, but adding or increasing the intake of certain foods can help keep one healthy during cold and flu season.

You probably won't be kissing anyone while you're sick anyway, so why not get the health benefits of garlic? Known for its antimicrobial and antibacterial properties, studies show garlic and garlic supplements can help stop a cold before it even starts.

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The quintessential fall favorite, pumpkin, is a great source of beta-carotene, a phytochemical that the human body turns into essential Vitamin A. And no, your pumpkin spiced latte isn't going to cut it. Other orange foods, like sweet potatoes and carrots pack a beta-carotene punch as well.

Fish, especially salmon, tuna and mackerel, are rich in Vitamin D. This vital element often goes missing during cold and flu season because we aren't getting as much sun.

The Vitamin C in citrus fruits can ward off colds, but don't limit yourself to orange juice. High amounts of vitamin C can be found in red peppers, strawberries and kiwi.

Try these slight changes to your diet and you could be sniffle free all season long!

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