With winter getting underway throughout the US, humanity’s oldest enemy – the common cold – is likely to make itself known again. Of course, the common cold can hit us at any time of the year, but people are usually more susceptible to illness during the winter months.
Here are 10 foods that you should be eating, to fight and ward off the common cold this year.
Superfood #1: Tea with honey
Tea with honey in it packs an antibacterial and antiviral punch, thanks to the honey and antioxidant properties of the tea. Actually, this is two superfoods combined into one. All of that hot water leaks nutrients and phytonutrients out of tea and honey, so you’ll be able to drink up while hydrating yourself. Best to get raw honey instead of processed honey for the best effect.
Superfood #2: Garlic
If you can handle the smell of garlic and have some high-powered breath fresheners, add garlic to the top of your cold-fighting food list. Garlic is well known for having anti-viral and anti-bacterial properties and has been used by cultures all over the world to fight disease and illness for hundreds of years.
Superfood #3: Oats
The list of benefits for oats keeps getting longer, doesn’t it? Oats are full of vitamins, minerals, and something called beta-glucans, which are known to boost the immune system.
Superfood #4: Red Bell Pepper
One pepper delivers all of the recommended vitamin C for men and women, and then some. Vitamin C has been shown to help boost the immune system and prevent colds. Peppers are also full of other nutrients and minerals useful for maintaining a healthy body and immune system.
Superfood #5: Yogurt
Not all bacteria are bad. In fact, all of that bacteria living in your gut plays a pretty important role in your health. Keep them happy by eating yogurt and similar products like kefir. Keeping bacteria happy and healthy in you strengthens the immune system.