You may have heard a cough or two standing in line at the store, or maybe you feel a hazy fog coming over you. Flu season is in fast approaching as people start to gear up for fall and winter.
It is necessary to take care of yourself, especially this time of year, but most people don't realize that the foods they eat will make a difference in their overall health, especially when they are sick. If you have a cold or flu, consider eating these foods to help fight the flu.
Ginger can help prevent a sore throat. But ginger does more then that, it can remove toxins and help fight mucous in the body. Ginger is often recognized as a good metabolic enhancer as well which means it will also help with nausea, and it has a strong capacity to be a digestive aid. It will help your lung and even your chest because it decongests it much faster. Ginger is herb that will help your body cleanse. Put fresh ginger on top or in your food or even drink ginger tea, for all of the health benefits. If you ever feel sick, drinking Ginger tea can help sooth that itchy sore throat. Many restaurants serve ginger spiced foods, or when you eat out you can always ask for herbal tea and ginger, says the restaurant manager of B.J. Willy's, a restaurant in Beaverton.
Hot peppers such as cayenne are loaded in vitamin C which can help fight your flu. This type of spice an pepper has vitamin A, B, calcium and potassium. Cayenne pepper can increases the circulation in your body which can help if you need to sweat or release toxins in the body. You can buy it in liquid form and take 4 drops and sprinkling your water. You can place a few drops in water and gargle with it every 15-30 minutes to make a sore throat disappear.
Honey is a solid way to help fight your cold or flu. It has a natural antibiotic fighter build in because it is loaded with a lot of vitamins such as B-complexes, C, D, E, minerals enzymes and propolis. Honey can help fight infections. Many doctors and dentist will tell patients to use honey as a natural supplement to help fight off infections. Honey has been used to help treat sore throats in children as it coats the throat better than cough syrup, says Andrew Thompson, a dentist in Portland, OR.