Foods that Fight the Flu

 

The flu, or influenza, is a viral infection that is very contagious.  Like colds, some symptoms include coughing, sneezing, stuffed nasal passages and, in some people, sore throats.  Other symptoms with the flu include headaches, muscle and joint pain, constant tiredness, fever and a loss of appetite.   I

It is important if you have fallen victim to the flu to eat.  When you are sick your body may not be getting enough vitamins and minerals and when you do not eat right, it will take you longer to recover from this sickness.   Eating the right types of food during cold and flu season will help speed up your recovery.  You may avoid getting sick in the first place if you include these foods in your daily diet.

The first thing you have to do is see if you are getting enough Vitamin D.  One of the major reasons why people get sick is if they are deficient in vitamin D.  A lack of this makes people more susceptible to catching the flu.  Sunlight is an excellent source of this vitamin.  Just by taking a fifteen minute walk a day during the day or working in the garden, build up the vitamin D in your body and reduces the risk of getting sick.  However, during winter months, people prefer to stay indoors where it is warm.  When they do this, they are opening up a can of worms since they are not exposing their bodies to sunlight.  Usually colds and the flu are more common during these months.  One type of food to keep on hand includes oily fish in your diet.  They are a major source of vitamin D and include:

 

Herrings

Mackerel

Salmon

Sardines

Tuna

 

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, especially if eggs are included.  Just one egg gives you ten percent of your daily requirement in this vitamin.

Many herbs contain healing properties that are effective in treating upper respiratory infections.  One herb is Echinacea which was used by Native Americans as an effective medicinal herb.  Another herb is elderflower which is helpful in clearing sinuses.  Ginger is an effective pain fighter and helps relieve you of nausea.  Garlic contains antiviral properties and is an excellent infection fighter.  These and many other flu fighting herbs can be found as a tea in your local grocery store.  You can even brew your own teas.

You need to make sure that you are getting enough vitamin C in your daily diet.  Since this vitamin is water soluble, your body cannot store it.  If you go one day without this vitamin, you can easily catch the flu.  The following fruits and vegetables are high in this vitamin:

 

Bell  Peppers

Broccoli

Grapefruit

Honey

Lemons

Limes

Oranges

Beets

Berries

Radishes

Spinach

Tomatoes

 

If you are not sure if you are getting enough vitamin C, you can always take it as a supplement.  These can be purchased at your local pharmacy.  Just one a day, gives you more than the daily recommended allowance.

The above foods are just a few of the many flu fighting foods.  Always remember to eat right so you can avoid getting sick.  Talk to you doctor about your eating plan and follow his recommendations for getting a flu vaccination.




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