Flu and cold season is just around the corner. In general, the season peaks in mid-to-late winter, which is between January and February. Everyone can take proactive measures to stay healthy by learning about certain nutrients and supplements.
Try these to prevent illness.
Apples, Oranges, or grapefruits are great foods to eat year round, but especially effective during flu and cold season becuase of their high levels of citric acid, or L-ascorbic acid, which is the natural version of the compound commonly called Vitamin-C.
Beef is high in zinc, a mineral needed for a healthy immune system. Vegans may want to try wheat germ or spinach.
Echinacea, if at least 3 grams are taken daily, can also help to prevent illness.
Unfortunately, many people will still get sick. It's only natural, especially when the immune system is lowered from stress due to work, hectic family schedules, and everything else. These foods can help to shorten the length of your illness in varying ways.
Black pepper along with goldenseal can help to relieve the lungs of congestion.
Cinnamon adds antibacterial power to cold and flu remedies, so it can be added to teas like chamomile, ginger, white tea, and green tea.
Licorice can help to relieve bronchitis and coughs.
Much of this information and more can be located on WebMD
This list of items is only a suggestion as a more natural way to fight off colds and the Flu. Let it be known that most over the counter medicines are designed to suppress the symptoms of an illness-symptons, which are the body's way of ejecting the disease-not cure the illness.
Also, it is important to understand that a cold or the flu has already invaded the body before symptoms occur. The appearance of symptoms is only your body's way of fighting back.
Check with your physician before adding anything new to your diet, and if you are sick, or think you might be getting sick, it is still vital you check with your doctor. Suggest some of these natural alternatives and see what he/she has to say.