Sometimes when you’re feeling under the weather the only thing you want to do is binge watch Netflix in bed with a tub of ice cream. While there is no denying that ice cream is food for the soul, make sure you are also fueling your body with foods sure to boost your immunity and help you get back on your feet. Eating the right foods can actually help strengthen your immune system, relieve cold symptoms and help you recover faster!
Below are our top 3 immunity-boosting foods to help you fight off a cold!
Ginger is a great food to consume if you feel yourself falling ill with the dreaded cold. While ginger is probably best known for its anti-nausea effects, it also has anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and antimicrobial properties. These properties can help relieve a sore throat and kill off viruses which can cause colds in the first place!
Ginger is best used in cooking, or brewed into a hot tea with some lemon and honey.
Garlic has been used for its medicinal properties for centuries due to its demonstrated antiviral and antibacterial effects. Recent studies have also shown that those who consume garlic not only get sick less often, but recover on average 3.5 days faster than those who don’t consume it.
Try adding garlic into soups and broths to not only help fight off colds but also add a delicious flavour.
Packed with vitamin C, oranges are an essential for when you’re feeling under the weather.
Oranges are not only helpful in shortening the duration of your cold, but also reducing your chances of catching a cold in the first place! Research conducted by the Australian National University has shown that vitamin C can prevent the onset of colds even to those who are exposed to cold-inducing conditions such as cold weather.
Oranges are great to have by themselves or freshly squeezed into a cold and refreshing juice.
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