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Foods that Prevent and Treat the Common Flu




Foods to Combat Common Flu

The hot and humid climate has already begun, so it’s time to boost your immunity to keep away the common flu. The common flu is an infectious respiratory illness caused by flu viruses. Its onset is sudden and can be from mild to severe. It causes a cough, cold, fever and chills. And all these inflictions can make one feel really miserable. Vitamins, minerals and antioxidants coming from all the food groups are the major nutrients which enhance immunity and provide protection against the flu.

Foods that Prevent Common Flu




Listed below as such food:

Food

Properties

How it Prevents Common Flu

 

Oily fish (salmon, tuna, mackerel)

 

Rich in omega 3 fatty acids

 

Reduce inflammation in the body, thereby increasing the capacity to fight diseases.

 

Tea

 

Contains antioxidants (cetechins)

 

Relieves chest congestion and soothes sore throat.

 

Citrus fruits (lemon, orange, amla, sweet lime)

 

Rich in vitamin C

 

Enhances immunity and prevents cold

 

Garlic

 

Contains antioxidants

 

Enhances immunity

 

Fennel (moti saunf) and aniseeds (choti saunf)

 

Antibacterial properties

 

They are natural expectorants. Clears chest congestion and soothes cough.

 

Probiotic fods (yogurt/kefir)

 

Rich in beneficial strains of bacteria

 

Improves health by regulating immune function

 

Red peppers

 

Rich in vitamin C

 

Enhances immunity and prevent cold

 

Mushrooms

 

Rich in antioxidants, potassium, B vitamins

 

Enhances immunity

 

Proteins

 

Building blocks of the body

 

Needed to build antibodies and fight infections

 

Blueberries

 

High levels of anthocyanin

 

Immunity booster

 

Brazil nuts

 

Rich in selenium

 

Improves immune function

 

Sunflower seeds

 

Rich in vitamin E

 

Important for healthy lungs

 

Dark chocolate

 

Rich in cocoa

 

Supports T-helper cells which increases immune system

 

Almonds

 

Rich in vitamin E

 

Improves lung capacity

 

Spices (turmeric, clove, cinnamon)

 

Rich in antioxidants

 

Enhances immunity

 

Dark green leafy vegetables (kale)

 

Vitamin A, vitamin C, magnesium, vitamin B 6, copper and iron

 

Increases the number of WBCs





Besides including all these above mentioned foods in your diet, drinking plenty of water is also very important as it prevents dehydration. To summarize, healthy dietary habits can help prevent and treat the common flu.

About Author

Dr P.Neelam has been engaged in patient care, medical research and medical education for over 45 years. She was formerly Professor of Medicine at the Lady Hardinage Medical College and Associated with Irwin, G.B Pant and many other Hospitals.

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