Winter arrives and with it, comes celebrations, gifts, trips, and reunions… But it’s not all joy. When winter weather arrives, sore throats, fever, nasal congestion, coughing, and tearing may also appear…
We all hate colds, and we hate them even more at this time of the year! To make things a little easier for you, today we will share with you foods that can help you heal from the common cold.
Did you know that colds have no cure? When an illness is caused by a virus, there is no medication that ends them at once. That’s why it’s often said that “the flus heal on their own.”
To recover from a cold, in addition to rest, it is essential to maintain a good diet so that the body can better combat external agents that are harming it.
Although when we are sick, we have very little appetite, there are a number of foods worth trying because they can alleviate the discomfort caused by the flu.
Want to know what they are? We’ll tell you.
But first, a super important clarification: there is no scientific evidence that these foods cure the flu. However, they have been shown to have properties that help people cope with symptoms.
Add to that the fact that since people have had good experiences with these foods, we can see how many view them as natural remedies.
That said, now it’s time to move on to the list of foods that can help you battle a cold. I’m sure you know more than one!
Food to fight the common cold
The famous chicken soup
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A good hot soup always comforts people when they are sick and if they’re sick during the winter, much more!
People have joked that chicken soup cures broken hearts and hangovers, but does it also relieve flu symptoms?
There are no studies that prove it, but it’s a fact that sipping chicken soup helps us feel better emotionally. Maybe it’s because we associate it with the food that Mom or Grandma prepared for us when we were little.
In addition, when you have a cold it is important to stay hydrated, so that the body can recover and eliminate excess mucus. In this sense, chicken soup (fat-free) is a tasty way to consume liquids, vegetables and proteins in a single dish.
So, if you like this traditional dish, treat yourself to try one when you’re not feeling well. It’ll help you cope!
Many cough syrups have honey among their ingredients. The reason is that this food may help combat cough symptoms that often accompany the common cold.
If your doctor hasn’t told you to avoid sugar, you can have a tablespoon of honey daily while recovering from a cold. You can also add a little to tea, lemonade or hot milk.
Fruits and vegetables with Vitamin C
Although these foods don’t cure the flu, they are very good at increasing your body’s defenses. Vitamin C may also help you with a rapid recovery.
Among the fruits and vegetables with the most Vitamin C are peppers, kiwis and strawberries. Grapefruit, oranges, mandarins and lemons also have this vitamin, but in smaller amounts.
Whole or in juice, citrus fruits are simply delicious; but if you suffer from heartburn or have an irritated throat, you’d better avoid consuming them because they could cause you more discomfort.
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The properties of ginger help reduce fever and pain. So, if you like its flavor, you can try ginger tea.
To prepare it you only have to take a piece of ginger, peel it and grate it (you can also chop it into thin sheets). Then heat a cup of water and in whatever it starts to boil, add the ginger and leave to a low heat for 10 minutes. Remove from heat and strain.
You can also add some honey or lemon to your tea. Both flavors go very well with ginger.
Note: Wait for the tea to cool before you drink it. Extreme temperatures, both cold and hot, can cause sore throats.
During cold weather, our body’s natural defenses are lower than normal —which is why we’re more likely to get an infection.
In these cases garlic is a great ally. It has many good properties, but if we’re talking about colds, we should note that it acts against bacteria and may help reduce inflammation.
Garlic can be consumed in several ways, but if you want to make the most of its properties, it is best to eat it raw, chopped or crushed. If you dislike chewing it, try taking it like it’s a pill with a little water.
It is a cold-fighting food because it reduces inflammation, helps soothe cough and acts as a natural expectorant.
Like garlic, for the onion to maintain its properties, it must be eaten raw. There are those who liquefy it with a little honey and drink it as if it were a syrup.
We must warn you that its taste is quite strong; so, if you prefer, you can eat it raw in a nice salad.
That brings us to the end of our list. Have you tried any of these foods when you had a cold?
Remember that the key to overcoming the common cold is to rest, eat well and stay hydrated. And if your symptoms get worse, it’s always best to see a doctor to prescribe the best treatment.