Flu season hit the U.S. pretty bad this year. Recent reports have shown that almost all of the States has already experienced elevated influenza levels. In fact, the city of Boston received reports of 700 cases of flu and 4 deaths on January 9 while there were 15,000 cases of flu reported in the State of New York on January 7.
While the U.S. Centers for Disease Control advice the public to get their flu shots, there are also small things we can do for our family like serving feel-good food that helps fight off the sniffles and the flu. I came across a list of these kinds of food and I’d like to share it with you.
Chicken Soup— Kaboose.com reports that “broth and noodles provide carbohydrates for maintaining your energy levels, potentially helping you feel less lethargic.” Furthermore, the vegetables in the soup boost the level of nutrients making it a staple for fighting off colds and flu.
Garlic— Garlic contains compounds like allicin—an oily substance that gives it its distinctive odor as well as its antioxidant properties. Research has shown that this helps in preventing colds and also in shortening its duration.
Green Tea— This particular type of tea is rich in antioxidants that help boost immune function.
Strawberries, Oranges, Sweet Red Peppers, and Broccoli— These food items are rich in Vitamin C which is known for preventing colds and flu in adults as well as in children. Moreover, these are also rich in antioxidants that can help in boosting one’s immune system.
Lean Meats— Lean red meats, poultry, fish, and shellfish are high in iron which helps in maintaining a healthy immune system. These are also rich in zinc that activates white blood cells that help in fighting off infection.
Honey— According to an article published in the Archives of Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine, this helps in reducing cough through “by coating and soothing an irritated throat”.
Hot Peppers— The Capsaicin present in hot peppers can thin out mucus which helps you to breathe better; it also allows your nasal passages to get rid of germs.
I hope you and your family stay safe this flu season. God bless!