Could you imagine going all-natural during the seasons of the year when colds and the flu are airborne, difficult to control, and embarrassing?
Don’t fret! You may not even be aware of the cold and flu fighting remedies that are right in your own kitchen!
Consider this quote:
If you are malnourished, your immune system is going to suffer. -Salge Blake
Foods to Use for Cold and Flu Fighting
Before you dive for medications, take a look in your kitchen and natural food store. Fighting the flu and colds will require us to eat foods that can help the body build healthy cells. What kind of foods are these? Let’s find out.
Plant-based foods are great choices. A diet rich in vegetables, fruits, and whole grains is high in antioxidants and phytonutrients. Antioxidants are known to enhance the immune defense, which lowers the risk of viral infection.
Flu fighting foods include garlic and ginger which are spices that can be used for preparing meals, juicing, and sometimes even consumed whole. They contain allicin which protects the gut flora.
If you don’t fancy spicy foods, then try some boiled sweet potatoes. These are great sources of Vitamin A, and play a key role in maintaining the health of your mucosal surfaces. This includes the inside of your nose and your gastrointestinal tract as well as your skin. Sweet potatoes could be cooked with turmeric; a rich yellow powder often used in curry dishes and is known for its high-antioxidant properties.
The families of greens are also a great remedy for boosting the immune system and flu-fighting. Consider cooking dark leafy vegetables or eating them fresh. The darker the greens are in color, the higher the nutrient content (Iron and vitamin B, C). Cabbages and cauliflower are also great and can be eaten raw or roasted.
Breakfast foods that are rich in vitamin D such as scrambled eggs can be easily digested even when you have a sore throat. Always remember that the body also needs foods that can supply protein in order to build up cells.
Oatmeal is a great choice in the mornings too. You can make a bowl of mouthwatering oatmeal by adding some slices of bananas, which aid in digestion and provide a good supply of proteins. You could also pour in 2 teaspoons of honey which is actually good for soothing a sore throat too.
Eating yogurt for breakfast can help ease digestive distress and can also help stave off a cold. Having a healthy gastrointestinal tract can increase the body’s defense and help resist flu viruses. They work to fill and supply energy to the body when you feel like you’re coming down with a cold.
Dinner time may call for some hot, nicely-prepared chicken soup. This soup raises the temperature in your body and airways while loosening mucus secretions. When you cook chicken, it releases the amino acid, cysteine. Cysteine mimics the properties of a drug that is used to treat bronchitis. The lean protein in chicken is also important for the body because the immune molecules are made of protein.
You can include a slight blend red peppers, green peppers, and onions in your chicken soup for added healing properties. Another way to enjoy your chicken soup, fill your stomach, get energy, and fight the flu and colds is to make it with Whole Wheat Pasta. Hot pasta and low-fat chicken sauce can help soothe a sore throat.
Let’s not forget to mention that staying hydrated also keeps mucous membranes soft and moist which prevents tiny cracks that allow viruses to enter our body system. Drinking lots of water throughout the day is an important habit to adopt.
Fruits to Use for Cold and Flu Fighting
Fruits can be delightful, though not everyone has the same taste in fruits. It’s great to know that fruits can help strengthen the immune system in order to fight off the viruses that cause the flu and colds, most of the time. In recent times, there are several different ways of getting yourself to love consuming fruits. Some examples include: Blending them into smoothies, chopping up fruits into bits for a fruit salad, juicing them, or even eating them whole.
Papayas can help clear your sinuses, brighten your skin, and strengthen your bones. Just a serving (1 cup) can deliver 88.3 mg of vitamin C. Interesting, right? Pineapples are also packed with vitamin C and contain bromelain, which is a digestive enzyme that helps break down food and reduce bloating.
Let’s move on to the tropical fruits which will require some lovely servings of mango for a boost of vitamin A and C. This plays a key role in immunity for fighting off the flu. You can chop them up or even try juicing them.
With colds, sometimes it can be very difficult to swallow foods and we can even lose our appetite. So, here are couple lovely options for filling up your stomach:
- Bananas –
They are non-acidic, soft fruits. Gentle on the throat, easy to swallow, and have a low-glycemic index. An added bonus is that they are also rich in potassium, vitamin C, and B6.
- Carrots –
They’re magical fruits that help fight the flu. They should be boiled or steamed before eating when you are sick so that the throat doesn’t feel even sorer. They supply the body with loads of vitamin A, C, K, fiber, and potassium that boost the immune system.
Now, what’s fruit flu fighting without the amazing neutralizers of free radicals? Our citrus family should be everyone’s friend during the cold and flu season. Limes, lemons, oranges, and grapes are awesome, to name a few. They boost heart health and fight viral infections. They can be easily juiced, and eating the flesh can also be beneficial. However, eat in moderation to prevent the acid from wearing off tooth enamel.
Other fruits, such as berries, are rich in vitamins and are great remedies for cold and flu fighting.
Natural remedies will never steer you wrong. Plus, they are even suitable for vegetarians and every other person with unique food choices. You should always make them your first choice.