Foods to Fight A Cold
Ahh December. The holidays are upon us. Twinkling lights are every where. People are in a good mood generally - unless, of course, they have a cold. And it IS cold and flu season. Not to worry! There's plenty of goodies in your kitchen that can help keep you healthy or, if you do get sick, help you feel better!
Ginger is loaded with antioxidants that can boost your immune system! This unassuming root is a natural pain killer, and can help loosen phlegm; helping you get it out of your system sooner! Try steeping 2 teaspoons of freshly grated ginger in hot water to produce a fresh ginger tea.
Raw, natural honey is truly a super food. Packed with antioxidants, honey is antibacterial and anti-viral! It can soothe a cough and generally reduce inflammation in the body. Try stirring some into hot tea, or just take 2 teaspoons before bed to suppress a cough as well as the over-the-counter stuff!
Citrus fruits are packed with much needed Vitamin C! Vitamin C is known to boost the immune system, and when consumed with the added fiber of citrus fruits gives your body the tools it needs to get and stay healthy! The best way to get citrus is to simply eat the fruit! Oranges, mandarines and clementines are all popular right now! And of course, you can squeeze some lemon into your tea.
Green tea is another antioxidant power house (are you seeing a theme here?). A simple brew gives your body the trace elements it needs to help battle a cold. If you drink the stuff regularly, you want to up your intake if you catch a bug. If it's not your go-to drink, try replacing your morning coffee with green tea (which DOES contain caffeine!) the moment you feel something coming on.
Garlic is another amazing little gem from Mother Nature. With detoxifying and immunity boosting properties it'll help keep more than vampires away! Try making a warming soup for yourself and loading it with this flavorful cold fighter!
These are just a few of the foods that can help you stay healthy this winter! Combined with plenty of rests and lots of fluids, they should have you back on your feet in a few days! As always, make sure none of them interfere with any medications you may be taking. And if your symptoms persist, you may need to see your doctor.