Sunday, January 20, 2013

Foods to fight colds and flu

The weather today is very crazy...crazy enough to make people sick. Its been hot and cold this past few days...Some of my loved ones is sick. My man actually is, he's actually the reason why I am doing this post also to share this on you so that you avoid this kind of sickness...I don't want my loved ones being sick and when I said loved ones you guys belong....

People loves to eat its our basic necessity right....?So in this kind of weather you just have to focus on these food to help you avoid having colds and flu....Its not that hard since whats on the list are very easy to find you wont even notice that's its helping you avoid some sickness because you'll really be enjoying eating a lot of it...


Chicken Soup

It’s been called nature’s penicillin and is at the top of the list for its curative powers. Hot chicken soup helps clear clogged airways, and the nourishing broth will give you more energy. Add plenty of vegetables, including onion and garlic, for extra healing power.


Hot and spicy food

Some people swear by garlic, horseradish, chillis or spicy sauces to help ease congestion. Cook Indian or other ethnic foods that contain these ingredients, or simply add a spicy sauce to foods for extra zip.

Garlic

This fragrant bulb contains a flavoring agent called alliin 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. I don't recommend that  you eat garlic alone since I'm not into its taste but you can add garlic on your favorite dish in that way you wont even taste it but it has the same effect on your health.

Fluids

Stay hydrated with plenty of liquids. Instead of coffee, fizzy or sweetened drinks, have plenty of water and pure fruit juices. I recommend eat at least 9 glasses of water as for me I always have a bottle of water wherever I go plus it also helps on your skin (its like beating two birds in one stone hah)... Hot beverages work better for some people, so consider chamomile or peppermint herbal tea, or sip on hot water with a slice of lemon.

Citrus fruits

Reach for citrus fruits to increase your vitamin C intake. Drink orange juice for breakfast, snack on half a grapefruit, or add tangerine slices to a lunchtime salad. Getting an increased amount of vitamin C is especially important if you smoke because smoking increases the risks of having cold and flu so I recommend stop smoking with or without sickness for a healthier effect...hahaha

Vitamin C sources

Citrus fruits aren't the only foods high in vitamin C. Potatoes, green peppers, strawberries and pineapple can help as your daily cold-fighting food arsenal.

Ginger

Many people find fresh ginger root helps treat the coughing and fever that often accompany colds and flu. Try making a ginger tea: Pour a cup of boiling water over 2 tablespoons of freshly grated ginger and let it steep for 5 to 10 minutes. Well I too don't like the taste of ginger but you can add twist of lemon or orange on your ginger tea to add some flavor...hehehe

Remember

Eating fatty, sweet and junk foods, skipping meals and taking lots of caffeine will just make you susceptible to these minor illnesses. Instead make sure that you eat plenty of whole grains,fruits and all the healthy foods listed above to make your immune system strong so that it wont be too hard for your body to adapt on these crazy weathers...Also if your immune system is strong you can avoid all other sickness...oh yeah... isn't that great...?

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