Eating With A Cold: 10 Foods To Make You Feel Better
It is indeed true that colds have to do with a cold weather. When your immune system is busy trying to keep you warm, it is less likely to fight off nasty viruses. During the colder seasons, changing temperatures can quickly mess with your immune system. Therefore, foods that warm us up can help fight off a cold. For example, hot soups, hot spices and warming drinks can really be a great thing to incorporate into your diet as the temperatures get colder. Even better though, is the right mix of vitamins and minerals in your daily diet. EAT SMARTER will give you the scoop on which 10 foods are the best at fighting off those nasty colds.
1. Eating With A Cold: Ginger
How to incorporate ginger? It's simple: cut the a piece off a fresh root (about the size of a lipstick), peel it and slice it. That quantity is enough for a whole pot of ginger tea. Simply put them in hot water and let sit. Or you could use ginger as a spice.
Virus Killer: Ginger is a great preventative measure as well as a healing measure. Ginger contains an essential oil called gingerols, which is deemed the “aspirin of nature” since they have a similar chemical structure. In addition, ginger also has powerful anti-inflammatory properties.
2. Eating With A Cold: Onions
Onions can work wonders against a cold. Try to use onions as often as possible while cooking or perhaps put onion soup on the menu for your week. A classic recipe is also grandma’s onion syrup for coughs and sore throats. Here is the recipe:
Onion syrup for sore throat
Cut 6 onions and 6 cloves of garlic into small pieces, sauté, deglaze with a 1/4 liter of dark beer, let steep 15 minutes. Sweeten with 6 tablespoons honey. Take 2 tablespoons 3 times a day.
Virus Killer: Exactly what makes our eyes tear up is what is healthy about an onion.
The pungent smell is caused by the sulfur-containing compound all iin. These essential oils are not only good for the immune system, but also protect the heart.
The flavonoid quercetin is effective against viruses and bacteria in the body, thus prevents colds and actively fights them if you already have one. Bonus: Onion is heat stable, so it is still effective after cooking. Extra tip: Remove green tips and do not store onions in plastic bags to keep them from going moldy.
3. Eating With A Cold: Sea Buckthorn
Although it is possible to make your own, the preparation is not very simple. Therefore buying ready-made juice is preferable. Important: It must be juice from the whole fruit. Buckthorn jam is also healthy.
Virus Killer: The berries contain ten times more vitamin C than lemons. Also worth highlighting is the vitamin B 12, which is found mainly in meat. The whole range of vitamins and minerals in sea buckthorn has a preventive and healing powers.
4. Eating With A Cold: Elderberry or Lilacs Berry
To make a concentrate, boil mature black-purple berries with water and sugar, let simmer for a 15 minutes and strain through a cloth. This can be used for juice or elderberry soup. You can also buy elderberry juice at the grocery store.
Virus killer: As a proven home remedy elderberry is generally recommended for prevention of colds. Drinking warm elderberry juice is also great when you are running a fever. Additional health bonus: Elderberries have a healing effect when you have a cough.
5. Eating With A Cold: Beetroot
The best way to eat beetroot is raw (finely chopped or grated) in a salad. Alternatively, you can cook in the skin or cook it in the oven, this way all the healthy ingredients are preserved. You can then easily remove the skin and use in a beetroot soup.
Virus killer: The deep red-purple color that stains your fingers and clothing actually has high anti-inflammatory properties. The ingredient is called betanin and belongs to the polyphenols. In addition to being an anti-inflammatory agent, a British study in 2008 showed you can reduce high blood pressure with beetroot juice.
6. Eating With A Cold: Chicken Soup
For the healthy chicken soup that promotes healing when you have a cold, a whole chicken should boil for an hour and a half since the healthy ingredients in chicken are found in the bone marrow. Unfortunately store-bought chicken soup will not do the trick. The other ingredients in your soup are up to your taste.
Virus killer: Scientists are not entirely sure what causes the healing effect in good old chicken soup. It is clear though, chicken soup can shorten the time you have a cold and even prevent the onset.
7. Eating With A Cold: Cabbage
You can eat cabbage however you prefer. The protective components are not destroyed by heat. More important than how you make your cabbage is that the cabbage is fresh. The cabbage should not be dried out.
Virus killer: Whether you eat broccoli, kale, savoy or brussels sprouts, cabbage is particularly rich in vitamin C. It also has a lot of vitamin E. These two ingredients alone are good for the immune system, but cabbage also has important minerals such as iron, calcium, magnesium, potassium and folic acid.
8. Eating With A Cold: Chili
It would be a great idea to spice up your chicken with some chili, then the positive effect is doubled. In general, chili is a great spice for your food.
Virus killer: Capsaicin is what makes chili and cayenne pepper so fiery. The spiciness activates the blood circulation of the mucous membranes helping, for example, with a stuffy nose.
9. Eating With A Cold: Honey
Avoid heating honey up. Even in the popular hot milk and honey remedy, the enzyme that strengthens the immune system is lost. So instead, have a spoon of pure honey or use it as a spread.
Virus killer: Honey has an antibacterial effect and is used both internally and externally as a healing agent. In addition, honey is great for a cough and is even better than conventional cough medicine.
10. Eating With A Cold: Legumes
Serve fresh peas from the pod or chili con carne with plenty of kidney beans.
Virus killer: In peas, lentils, etc. there is an ingredient called saponins. They help prevent infections such as colds.