Foods that Prevent and Treat the 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.

SOURCE: B-Positive Health Magazine

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