With winter slowly creeping in, the dreadful cold season starts. cold and flu will frequent by every household. Its time for moms to gear up for the health challenge. I will share a list of foods for cold that help relieve the symptoms, fortify our immune system and speed up recovery.
Chicken Soup–No. 1 Food for colds
Chicken soup is a traditional recipe in China to prevent and treat colds. when people are down with colds, their immunity plummet to the bottom, rich protein in chicken soup will boost up the sagging energy, and replenish weak immunity system. an amino acid in chicken also helps thin mucous in the lungs so as to calm cough. Plus the hot broth prevents dehydration and can soothe a sore throat.
Its hard to associate garlic with cold. but raw garlic is a natural remedy for combating colds and flu. garlic is high on antioxidants with antimicrobial, antiviral and antibiotic properties. Freshly crushed garlic releases allicin, which is a powerful antibacterial only present shortly after garlic is crushed and before it is heated. be sure to eat before 15 minutes after it’s crushed, just to let the allicin to give out the maximum effect. That said, garlic works best to deter the onset of cold, so if you are a regular garlic eater, the chances are you are less likely to get a cold in the first place!
Honey water with lemon drops
Honey has antibacterial and antimicrobial properties and helps suppress coughs, while lemon contains vitamin C that help battle the cold. drink throughout the day during the cold season, you will be properly defended.
Citrius fruits include oranges, tangerines, grapefruits and so on. They are packed with Vitamin C, a potent antioxidants, to reduce the risk of cold by 23%. antioxidants are the best guard for our immunity system, it neutralizes free radicals and repair damaged cells. Regular intake of large amount of vitamin-C rich fruits can expedite recovery from cold.
Ginger is an all time favorite remedy for cold. It’s also a natural pain and fever reducer and a mild sedative, so it can help you rest when you’re sick. Adding a couple of tablespoons of shredded gingerroot to your boiling hot tea can do the trick. The anti-inflammatory gingerols and shaogals in ginger root will help to relieve sore throat fast, and they also kill rhinoviruses, which is the direct cause colds.
Like yogurt, this fermented milk drink is loaded with probiotics. Kefir is really easy on the stomach and at the same time helps replenish helpful bacteria in the gut, and help reduce the inflammation in the body. In the nutshell, kefir will beef up our immunity system and fight cold just as good.
To sum up, food for colds we mentioned above can help you treat/relieve the cold symptoms and strengthen immunity system. But inflammation during cold can cause low/no appetite, when you don’t feel like eating, you just probably listen to your body and go easy on food and drink.