No one enjoys being sick; but when it interferes with a tournament or competition, it's truly the pits. Playing while you're sick is never a good idea, but some foods help you avoid getting sick in the first place. Fish, especially salmon and trout, contains vital nutrients such as selenium, vitamins B6 & B12, and omega-3 fatty acids that support the body's immune system. Research suggests that consuming fish three times a week reduces inflammation and helps fight off infection. In addition to fish, chili peppers also strengthen your body's defenses. Add chili peppers to season your salmon. They contain capsaicin, a compound that not only boosts metabolism, but also helps keep those winter germs away.
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