10 Cold and Flu Survival Foods

Getting sick is awful. In addition to a cough and stuffy nose, a cold or flu often causes loss of appetite. You may not want to eat between midday naps and boxes of tissues,

but your body needs to stay strong to fight against foreign invaders. You know meals aren't created equal and may know what to eat when sick.

Monica Auslander Moreno, RD, a nutrition consultant with RSP Nutrition, believes antiviral foods may expedite healing since colds and flu are caused by viruses.

Ordering pizza and ice cream may be tempting, but resist. Melinda R. Ring, MD, an integrative and internal medicine specialist at Northwestern Medical Group, says infections

can temporarily deplete protein, B vitamins, copper, iron, vitamin C, and zinc. “Nutrient-rich fruits and vegetables are better.” She says nutrient deficits make it tougher to fight infections and raise the risk of pneumonia.

Yep. Why did your mom always have a bowl of this when she had a stuffy nose or other cold symptoms? Chicken soup decreases cold-causing inflammation and provides fluids to combat viruses.

1 Chicken Soup

Citrus fruits are rich in vitamin C, an antioxidant that boosts immunity. Eat C if you don't already and make it a habit to boost your immune system for future time. Take supplements 

2 Citrus Fruit

When your nose is running like a hydrant, kissing is out, so try this spicy garnish with onions, chives, and leeks to fight that cold.

3 Garlic, Onions, And Leek

Ginger is one of the finest cold foods because sesquiterpenes target rhinoviruses, the most frequent cold viruses, and cough suppressants. Anti-inflammatory gingerols combat infection.

4 Ginger Tea

Honey is commonly recommended for burns (use raw honey immediately to hasten healing) and cuts and scrapes (honey's natural antibacterial characteristics operate like hydrogen peroxide).

5 Honey

Mike Roussell, PhD, argues kefir's probiotics boost immunity. He claims it has more protein than yogurt and milk and regulates digestion, so your body can use all the calories and nutrients you eat when you're sick.

6 Kefir

One ounce of Brazil nuts has more selenium than your daily intake, which boosts immunity. James A. Duke, PhD, author of The Green Pharmacy Guide to Healing Foods, believes selenium boosts cytokine production, which fights the flu virus.

7 Brazil Nut

Duke said resveratrol and polyphenols in red wine inhibit cold and flu viruses from multiplying, like good bacteria in yogurt.

8 Red Wine

Traditionally used in Chinese medicine, mushrooms are now experiencing a modern medicinal moment. Moreno believes their vitamin D level makes them antiviral.

9 Mushroom

Yes, carbs are your friend—especially if you exercise often. “Taking carbs while training helps counter immune dysfunction and immune inflammatory responses due to stress hormones released during hard exercise.

10 Carbohydrate

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