you protected against cold and flu? Even if you’ve had a flu shot, you need to
wash your hands regularly and take vitamin C for extra insurance. Remember that
what you eat may help prevent or treat those common illnesses. Try these
delicious ideas. They taste great and may just make you feel better, too.
has to be at the top of the list. Hot chicken soup helps clear clogged airways,
and the nourishing broth will give you more energy. Add plenty of vegetables,
including onion and garlic, for extra healing power.
Hot and spicy food. Garlic,
hot peppers or hot sauce helps to break up congestion. Cook ethnic foods that
contain these ingredients, or simply ad hot sauce to foods for extra zip.
This fragrant bulb seems to help reduce symptoms of cold and flu. Add garlic
liberally to your favorite foods, or even chew a raw clove or two.
Stay hydrated with plenty of fluids. Instead of coffee, soda, or sweetened
beverages, drink plenty of water and pure fruit juices. Hot beverages work
better for some people. Try tea, hot water mixed with lemon or hot lemonade.
Reach for fruits to increase your vitamin C intake. Drink orange juice for
breakfast, snack on half a grapefruit, or add tangerine slices to a lunchtime
Increased vitamin C is especially important if you smoke, as smoking
increases both you risk of colds and your body’s needs for this protective
Vitamin C sources.
Citrus fruits aren’t the only foods high in vitamin C. Include potatoes, green
peppers, strawberries and pineapple in your daily cold-fighting food arsenal.
Many people find liberal use of fresh ginger root helps treat colds and flu. Try
making ginger tea: Pour a cup of boiling water over 2 tablespoons of freshly
grated ginger; let steep 5-10 minutes.
that if our typical daily routine includes skipped meals, lots of caffeine for
“energy” and a steady diet on high-fat, high-sugar junk foods, we’re
setting ourselves up for illness. Make sure to eat plenty of whole grains,
fruit, vegetables and low-fat protein to keep your immune system in top shape.
Think of nutritious foods as part of your cold-and-flu season armor, and
you’ll be ready to do battle whatever illness strike!