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Have a Cold? Eat These Foods

By Sara Butler

Cold and flu season is here. Even if you've not been impacted by it yet, it's good to have a few tricks in your back pocket if a cold strikes you this season. One powerful weapon in your arsenal? Food! In fact, when you've got a stuffy nose or a sore throat, here are a few food items that can help you to feel better.

Chicken Soup

The idea that chicken soup is good for your cold isn't simply a rumor -- there's evidence that it really does help. A compound found in chicken, called carnosine, can help to support your body's immune system. Plus, the hot fluids can help your stuffy nose feel better, so feel free to eat up!


Kiwi is full of nutrients that can help make you feel better when you have a cold and can also shorten your illness. It's thought by researchers that the micronutrients in kiwi help to give the disease-fighting cells in your body, called erythrocytes, a boost to help you fight off that cold virus.


Whole almonds can give your body the boost it needs to overcome illness, but they have to have the skins still on them. That's because there are compounds called polyphenols found in the skin that help to make the cells in your body that fight off viruses more effective. So lay off the blanched, skinless almonds and opt for whole to help you get on the road to recovery.


You've probably heard of honey to help soothe sore throats, but it can also help with coughs. Researchers have discovered that kids given 2 teaspoons of honey before bed when they have a cough due to cold saw a reduction in the severity of their nighttime cough. If you want to give it a try, then raw honey is your best bet, just don't give it to children under the age of 2 since it's not been pasteurized.

For adults, mixing honey with warm water can also have a calming effect on upper respiratory tract infections. You can soothe your throat and your stuffy nose all in one!


Garlic is helpful for more than simply keeping vampires away, it also can help you fight off colds before they settle in. Garlic contains a compound called allicin, which can help to block enzymes that viral and bacterial infections need to take hold. If you don't want the stinky side effect of eating garlic but you want to reap the benefits to your health, then consider garlic extract, which doesn't have the odor but still contains all the allicin you need.

The next time you have a cold, don't starve it. Instead, fight back by feeding your body what it needs to kick that cold virus to the curb.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Rowlett, Tex.

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