Cold and flu season, which typically starts in August, is rising now until it peaks in February. So if you didn’t become ill during family gatherings over the holidays, consider yourself fortunate. The experts at Veria.com, meanwhile, are suggesting four foods as the best natural medicine to make it through the last half of winter without getting sick.
1. Chicken soup
Yes, your mother was right. Chicken soup is an excellent menu choice if you are feeling ill or simply want to prevent colds and flu. The broth from chicken soup hydrates your body, builds immunity and strengthens bones.
When you are at the grocery store, pick up some ginger root from the produce section. Ginger is known to increase circulation and give you an energy boost, sharpen your senses and brighten your mood. It also aids in digestion and prevents nausea.
How do you ingest ginger? Try this. Cut of a chunk of ginger and drop it in a cup of boiling water. Allow it to steep for about 10 minutes. Add a squeeze of lemon for a citrus flavor or some honey as a natural sweetener.
Much has been written about the benefits of Allium Sativum, the food we know as garlic. According to the George Mateljan Foundation, a not-for-profit foundation dedicated to improving health, garlic improves iron metabolism, regulates the number of fat cells that get formed our bodies, helps blood cells expand and lowers blood pressure. It is an immune-system-building powerhouse. Cook it in recipes, put it in homemade salad dressing – or eat it raw.
Everyone hates the cough/mucus that comes with the cold and flu. Thyme is a powerful decongestant. Toss a bunch of thyme in a pot of boiling water. Breathe in its gentle scent and feel the relief in your upper respiratory tract.