Fight Colds and Flu with Healthy Foods

By Sandy Schroeder

Staying healthy as the season rolls ahead can be tricky. To avoid getting completely off track, shop now for some of the best immunity-boosting foods that provide the fluids to fight off viruses, and cut inflammation that can lead from one cold to another.

Classic Chicken Soup – Most of us have memories of big bowls of chicken or vegetable beef soup that carried us through the cold season. Make your own chicken noodle stock or chicken bone broth, or get the best low sodium brands you can find.

Citrus Power - Get the antioxidants that do the most to overwhelm cold symptoms. Pick oranges, lemons, grapefruit and limes, or tomatoes. Squeeze fresh orange juice for breakfast or add lemons or limes to your water.

Yogurt – Look for brands that contain Lactobacillus reuteri that blocks the multiplication of viruses that storm the body when you are ill.  Add fresh fruit and turn them into smoothies.

Honey – Fight viruses and bacteria and soothe sore throats with honey’s antioxidant powers. Stir it into hot tea or spread it on your toast or pancakes. 

Ginger – Soothe a scratchy throat with ginger ale or go after rhinoviruses as you stir shredded ginger root into your tea. Ginger is also a natural pain and fever reducer.

Garlic and Onions – These immunity boosters also help open clogged sinuses. Chop them into your chicken soup or stews, meatloaf, or spaghetti sauce.

Dark Leafy Greens – Kale, spinach, Swiss chard and arugula salads help to cut colds short. Stir them into soups and stews, too.

Green Tea – Soothe yourself with hot tea and increase your flu and cold protection with the tea’s antioxidants.

Wild Salmon – Add salmon to lunch or dinner to get a full quota of Vitamin D to help fight off colds and flu.

Sweet Potatoes – Rich in beta-carotene to help you fight off infection faster, sweet potatoes work as a side dish, or chop them into black bean soup.

Mushrooms – Add them to your steak or soups and count on their antiviral proteins to help defeat colds.

Opt for Selenium – Brazil nuts, lobster, clams, crabs, tuna and cod help the body produce more cytokines to get rid of the flu virus.

Red Wine – The polyphenols and resveratrol in red wine help to shut down cold and flu viruses.

There are more than 200 viruses out there, so don’t expect to miss them all. But be prepared. Stock up with the best foods, and add lots of liquids to shut them down fast.

 

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