Four foods to prevent colds and flu during this winter season


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, 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

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.


2. Ginger


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.

 3. Garlic


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.

4. Thyme

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.


Ron Bennett is a recently retired university journalism professor at Brigham Young University-Idaho, where he taught journalistic writing, editing and mass media classes. He received the Distinguished Faculty award at BYU-I in 2012, and he was honored by the College Media Advisers Association in 2002 with the Distinguished Newspaper Adviser's Award. Prior to entering education, he was a professional journalist at several newspapers, including the Gazette-Journal in Reno, Nevada.

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