With an intense flu season underway it’s super important to keep your immune system healthy and free of bacteria build-up. If at any point this winter season you begin to feel sniffles, sneezing, body aches, chills, and fever coming on try taking in an extra helping of these delicious healing foods. Read on for a few food suggestions that will help keep your immune system happy and healthy this winter season.
Honey’s antimicrobial and antibacterial fighting agents will help kill off any unwanted bacteria build-up in your body. It also help to reduce a cough and soothes your through if you feel a slight cough or sore-throat coming on. Taking in a cup of hot water, lemon and a tablespoon of honey everyday is a perfect winter healing elixir.
This fragrant bulb contains a flavoring agent called allicin which acts as a decongestant. Garlic is also believed to act as an antioxidant and destroy free-radicals, the active oxygen molecules that damage cells, so add garlic liberally to your favorite foods, raw or cooked.
Citrus and Vitamin C
Reach for citrus fruits to increase your vitamin C intake. vitamin C acts as a cell-protecting antioxidant and an immune booster, therefore taking in foods rich in vitamin C will help keep your immune system strong and will help reduce the duration of a cold or flu, if illness strikes. Snack on half a grapefruit, or add tangerine slices to a lunchtime salad. Other vitamin C rich foods options to take in are strawberries, sweet red peppers, and broccoli.
Hot and Spicy Foods
Treat yourself to Indian or Thai this evening, using plenty of garlic, horseradish, and chillies and/or spicy sauces helps prevent congestion and drowsiness. Also Capsaicin, the natural compound found in hot peppers that provides the heat and spiciness of the food, can thin mucus, giving you a runny nose to help you breathe better and allow your nasal passages to get rid of germs.
If you start to feel congested pour yourself a warm bowl of chicken soup, which will help to thin mucus secretions. The broth and noodles provide carbohydrates for maintaining your energy levels, potentially helping you feel less lethargic. And be sure to through in a hefty serving of veggies like kale, onions, carrots, and leeks. The veggies are high in nutrients and antioxidants that aid in supporting immune function.