Summer has gone and the cold and flu season seems to have arrived. Anyway, we believe in the power of food to help keep you healthy, so here is a list of flu-fighting foods that can shorten the duration of the illness and lessen the symptoms.
1. Raw garlic & onion
Garlic is a powerful flu fighter. Garlic contains compounds called allion and allicin, which have direct antiviral effects. Those pungent cloves contain allicin, a potent antimicrobial that can fend off bacteria and viruses.
Like garlic, onions also contain the antimicrobial compounds allion and allicin.
Combined, garlic and onion contain dozens of broad-spectrum antiseptic and immunity-boosting compounds.
Spices such as turmeric and cinnamon are packed with antioxidants, which help improve the function of the immune system.
According to Ayurveda, spices promote sweating and are often used to help break a fever. You may also be able to unclog your stuffy nose by generously spicing up some dishes with cayenne, horseradish, or wasabi. Each of these condiments can shrink the blood vessels in your nose and throat to temporarily relieve congestion.
Ginger contains chemicals called sesquiterpenes that specifically target rhinoviruses, the most common family of cold viruses, as well as substances that suppress coughing. It’s a natural pain and fever reducer and a mild sedative, so it can help you rest when you’re sick. Ginger also has powerful anti-inflammatory properties.
4. Berries and citrus fruits
All berries have high concentrations of antioxidants to help fight off flu viruses. When tested against other foods, blueberries were found to have more antioxidants than 40 other fruits and vegetables.
Citrus fruits are full of Vitamin C, an antioxidant that can reduce cold symptoms by 23 percent, studies have found.
Because it coats your throat, honey is a great cold and flu-friendly sore throat reliever, and its antioxidant and antimicrobial properties help fight infections from viruses and bacteria.
Cold and flu bugs thrive in dried-out throats and nasal passages, but drinking plenty of fluids throughout the day can help keep your mucous membranes moist so they’re better able to trap viruses. Not only can this help prevent colds, but it’s just as useful if you’re already sick. Water, tea and Chi Coconut Water are our suggestions.
7. Coconut Oil
Coconut oil is good for strengthening the immune system since it contains antimicrobial lipids, lauric acid, capric acid and caprylic acid which have antifungal, antibacterial and antiviral properties.
Coconut oil has many other health benefits. You can buy yours here now.
We hope these tips help you to fight the cold and flu season.