It’s that time of the season again, the season of cold runny noses, coughing, sore throats, and feeling congested. But sadly if you’ve fallen a victim to the flu season then you may want to stock up on certain foods that will boost your immune system and help you get back into tip-top shape in no time. Here are some best immune boosting foods that you can eat to help fight the cold or the flu.
Cold Remedy 1. Eat those Vitamin C rich foods!
Vitamin C is not only important for boosting your immune system, but studies have clearly shown that intake of Vitamin C can help you get rid of your cold faster. So try eating more of these foods such as oranges, strawberries, kiwi fruits, blueberries, limes, grapefruits, sweet potatoes, cauliflower, bell peppers, and tomatoes. All of these fruits and vegetables contain flavonoids, which can help boost the immune system and help fight off any inflammation in the body which makes it great for speeding up recovery.
Cold Remedy 2. Eat a curry!
Spice up dinnertime with ingredients like onion, garlic, and ginger. These three main ingredients are known to have antiviral and anti-bacterial properties in them. Onions contain quercetin which is great for breaking up mucus in your head and chest (great way to clear your sinuses) while boosting your immune system of course. Garlic is excellent for fighting infections from bacteria and viruses and ginger is known to help reduce fevers, sore throats and help stimulate blood circulation. This is great for people who tend to suffer from blocked noses since improved circulation means there is more oxygen getting into your tissues to help remove the toxins and viruses from your body.
Cold Remedy 3. Yoghurt, please!
Yoghurt contains live cultures which promote a strong immune system because of the friendly bacteria in the yoghurt which keeps the bad bacteria from increasing. The majority of your immune cells live in your gut, so keeping them happy with good bacteria is a good idea. Remember not all yoghurts are the same. Choose a product that contains “live cultures” since the live probiotic cultures are the beneficial part of the yoghurt and I recommend buying plain yoghurt (either Greek or regular) and mixing in fruit, honey or maple syrup if you like a sweeter taste. Even more important is to buy organic, so as to avoid antibiotics, artificial growth hormones, pesticides, and GMOs.
Cold Remedy 4. Brew a cuppa
Green tea can play a vital role in your recovery by assisting your immune system in its fight against viruses and infections. Green tea contains antibacterial and antiviral properties which help protect the body against the cold or the flu. It’s also rich in polyphenols (plant antioxidants) and EGCG- a chemical compound which can help stop the virus from replicating and contains traces minerals and chlorophyll that support the body by help getting rid of any toxins from the body.
Tip: If you find it difficult to take care of your skin during the flu season take SkinB5 supplements which are multivitamins that contain vitamins and minerals which help to keep your skin looking healthy and help keep you feeling strong. Also, you can add SkinB5 supplements in a smoothie or a juice to get an extra bit of boost.
Lastly, a well-nourished immune system is better equipped to fight off infections, so try to eat clean and healthy and remember hydration is so also important when fighting a cold or flu virus so be sure to get plenty of fluids and warm drinks. Feeling better yet?
My name is Farah and I am an advocate for natural and organic beauty products, healthy living and a self-proclaimed whole foods enthusiast. My passion for health and beauty stems from my personal experiences dealing with problematic skin and now I want to help others learn my secrets to flawless skin from the inside, out. I’m a firm believer that true beauty comes from what goes inside of your body and I am thankful to be able to educate you and help you to obtain clear skin