I am sure either you, or someone you know, has suffered with a cold or worse still, the flu this season. It would seem that it is certainly not over yet though with some unfortunate people getting a second visit from the dreaded bug!
So is there anything you can be doing, even now, to help prevent getting sick? Or, if it can’t be avoided completely, something that you can do that may reduce the length of time you are sick for?
Why not look to your pantry? The food we eat can help boost are immune system to make it a mean, lean fighting machine. So below are a list of ingredients you should make sure you have to hand.
If you reach for a zinc tablet when you feel the oncoming symptoms of the flu, try eating beans instead. They are a good natural source of this important mineral that strengthens your immune system, helps reduce the severity of your symptoms, and helps you heal more quickly.
A hot chili pepper will get your blood flowing which ultimately means that toxins will be flushed from the body. It’s not just chiles though any spice that produces heat such as cayenne pepper or a fruit such as jalapeños will do the job just as well.
Luckily citrus fruits are at their peak during flu season so luckily there is an abundant supply of fresh oranges, grapefruits, lemons and limes which are packed with vitamin C. They are not the only high vitamin C boosters though that may be lurking in your pantry, try red bell peppers, kale and cauliflower, they all contain a good punch of this flu-slaying vitamin.
Here’s our friend Ginger again! It really is your best friend through the winter months. It has antibacterial, antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties that can assist in pain relief, nausea and really help clear your head. Remember to check out the wonderful ginger, lemon and honey drink featured in one of our videos. Sign up to receive our emails and these short but helpful videos will be delivered straight to your inbox.
The wonderful antiviral properties found in honey make a really effective cough suppressant and sleep aid. If you are suffering with a sore throat a spoonful of honey can help soothe that dryness away!
Mint tea is not only refreshing but can also help soothe a cough and unblock a stuffy nose. This wonderfully fragrant herb has antioxidant, antimicrobial and antivirus properties that can also help settle an upset stomach.
Turmeric is a powerful anti-inflammatory. The compound that gives turmeric its brilliant gold color, curcumin has been compared to ibuprofen in its ability to relieve some of the aches and pains associated with the flu.