Foods that help fight cold & flu

by Michelle on January 29, 2020

It happens to us all at one time or another, and colder weather seems to bring it on even more.  Helping your body fight off the bacteria and viruses that cause the common cold and even influenza is easier when you eat items that aid your immune system…and can even make your symptoms better.

Here are some of the beneficial foods that can get you on the path to beating that bacteria and even in overcoming whatever virus plagues you:

Garlic:  Allicin, garlic’s major active component, is responsible for its antimicrobial & antibacterial properties.  Garlic helps promote healthy gut flora which rids the body of toxins, bacteria, and viruses.  Eating garlic is the best way to reap the benefits but you can also take a garlic supplement.

Beef:  An immune system booster and a good source of zinc (important in the development of white blood cells…the body’s defenders).  The extra protein in beef also supports the body in building antibodies & fighting off infection.

Sweet Potato:  A great source of vitamin A which plays a key role in maintaining the health of your mucosal surfaces (inside the nose, in the gastrointestinal tract, and your skin).  Keeping these mucus membranes healthy is key to keeping infections at bay.

Turmeric:  A superfood that has been used for thousands of years in Ayurvedic medicine for a myriad of applications.  It’s high in antioxidants and is considered a natural anti-inflammatory that when taken on a daily basis is known to relieve the body of toxins.  People who consume turmeric are less susceptible to colds, coughs, and congestion.

Dark Leafy Greens:  Items like spinach, kale, Swiss chard & arugula are great sources of vitamin C (a cold-fighting powerhouse).  Getting adequate amounts of Vitamin C can reduce the duration of a cold.

Wild Salmon:  This food item is rich in not only healthy omega-3 fatty acids but also Vitamin D, which is critical or fending off colds and flu.  It’s been shown that healthy levels of Vitamin D helped people have fewer respiratory tract infections and aided in helping you feel better faster after getting sick.

Chicken Soup:  The hot broth raises the temperature in the body and airways, loosening mucus secretions.  The amino acid cysteine in chicken resembles a medication that’s used to treat bronchitis (keeping the lungs clear) while the protein and vegetables give your body a “super-vitamin” of sorts to aid in getting better.

What to Avoid:  Dairy (tends to promote mucus production), fatty foods (may cause stomach upset), sweets (sugar can suppress the immune system and cause inflammation), spicy foods (may cause stomach upset).

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