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Ten steps for staying healthy in flu season

1. Wash your hands regularly and steer clear of coughing and sneezing, left, from those around you.

2. Eat an abundance of brightly coloured fruits and veggies to take advantage of their immune-boosting phytochemicals, vitamin C and beta carotene. Berries, whole citrus, kiwi, apples, red grapes, kale, spinach, sweet potatoes and carrots are especially good.

3. Consume fresh garlic regularly. Garlic has well documented anti-viral and anti-bacterial properties and strengthens the immune system in general.

4. Exercise regularly. This enhances immune function.

5. Consume yogurt with live cultures regularly. Many studies support yogurt's ability to boost immunity.

6. Consume foods high in zinc - fatty fish and shellfish (oysters provide more zinc than any other food). Zinc plays a fundamental role in a healthy immune response.

7. Drink freshly brewed tea (black or green) regularly. Tea contains a potent class of chemicals called catechins, which stimulate the immune system.

8. Eat shitake mushrooms regularly. They contain beneficial polysaccharides with very potent anti-viral properties.

9. Get adequate sleep, seven to eight hours a night. Inadequate sleep is known to depress the immune system.

10. Laugh often! Laughter is a powerful tonic for our immune systems.

SUGARLESS yogurts could help people beat bad breath while also fighting tooth decay and gum disease.

Researchers in Japan revealed that eating traditional, sugarless yogurt reduces the malodorous compounds that cause bad breath.

Volunteers in the study were given strict instructions for oral hygiene, diet and medication intake. They then spent two weeks avoiding yogurts and similar foods, such as cheese, before moving on to consume 90 grams of yogurt a day for six weeks.

After six weeks the hydrogen sulphide levels (a major cause of halitosis) decreased in 80pc of volunteers.

Bad breath affects one in four people on a regular basis, while 19 out of 20 people are affected by gum disease at some point.

For free oral health advice contact the British Dental Health Foundation's Dental Helpline on 0845 063 1188.
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Title Annotation:Family Life
Publication:Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)
Date:Mar 21, 2005
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