cold & flu season.
COUGH COUGH, SNIFFLE SNIFFLE… AHEMMMMM.
Cold season is in full swing!
Did you know that a cold can be caused by anyone of more than 200 viruses?
However, did you know there is a difference between the common cold and the flu?
Any infection inflames the membranes that line the nose, through and sinus, this is what causes all of the coughing, sneezing, sore throat and fever. The common cold is typically treating with over the counter drugs and is gone within a day or two. The flu however, is a viral infection that produces similar symptoms of a cold, BUT worse. The infection most likely happens when you are run down and under stress. So it’s important to build up your immune system correctly to help keep you healthy and strong!
Instead of spending money on those costly, elaborate, over the counter drugs or countless hours in a doctors office, surrounded by other coughing, sneezing humans, why not try this…
Focus on intaking these
A: which improves the the mucous membranes
B Complex: boots your all around health
C: boosts your immune system and reduces symptoms
E: has antioxidant properties
Iron: helps in fueling those antibodies to fight infection
Magnesium: to help keep those lungs healthy and strong
Selenium: increases the potency of vitamin E
Zinc: boots your immunity and helps to shorten the duration of colds and flu
Other beneficial nutrients
Omega-3 fish oils: helps to calm down the inflammation
Garlic: it not only keeps Vampires away, but it helps to fight infection
Echinacea: a super hero in boosting the immune system
Sometimes taking the steps to prevent a cold or the flu can only do so much. There are foods that are great, and not so great, that you can choose to help speed up the recovery process.
Foods you SHOULD choose
*** fresh fruit, especially citrus
*** fresh veggies
** onions and garlic
** whole grains
** nuts and seeds
** oily fish
* mustard, ginger, horseradish
Foods you SHOULDN’T choose
Milk and other dairy products. This can cause mucus to form and block your airways. Ever seen those Mucinex commercials? Who that’s that guy hanging around anyways?!
Animal fats. They stimulate the production of inflammatory agents, which can in turn, make symptoms worse.
Check out this COLD FIGHTING SOUP recipe.
Try substituting no salt added bone broth for more protein. Also, try a squash instead of a potato for a lower carb option!
REMEMBER! If your cold persists more than 5-7 days or gets worse, PLEASE seek medical attention. Although I’d love to say that we can self medicate and cure ourselves, sometimes we need a little added help.