This is the season for both joy and colds and coughs. Sometimes we just get bored of heading to the medicine cabinet for medications and tablets.
Here we have for you some of the most common foods that can fight colds and boost your immunity.
You will be surprised that it is not all about the long prescribed vitamin C.
Our immune system is very much tied to what we eat. If you eat healthy and focus on foods that have the power to boost your immune system, you are less likely to get sick and more likely to have less irritating symptoms if you do get sick.
Here is a list of foods that do just that and they are from a variety of food groups:
7- Yogurt and kefir which are probiotic foods help replenish strains of beneficial bacteria that help strengthen digestive health and preventing stomach ailments. Also consuming probiotics may lower the risk of having upper respiratory tract infections.
8- Tea (black, green or white) not only helps soothe congestion and sore throats, research shows that it also contains antioxidants (catechins) that may have flu-fighting properties. People can take catechins as supplement form as well. Some research also suggests catechins could boost our general immunity, rev metabolism and protect against cancer and heart disease.
9- Red peppers are high in vitamin C (1 pepper has 150 mg of it which is more than 1 orange 100 mg and it is also twice the daily need of women). If you are sick you can eat more than your daily needs to get all the fighting benefit of the nutrient.
10- Milk is the major source of vitamin D. Vitamin D has the ability to strengthen and build our bones, defend against heart disease, and boost our immune system. While vitamin D is mainly produced in our skin when exposed to sun rays, it also exists in fortified foods like milk, cereal, and orange juice (read labels). When you get your daily dose of vitamin D this might help keep colds and upper respiratory system infections away.
Don't forget to read Part 2 of the foods that fight colds. Click here.
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