You know the old saying, feed a cold and starve a fever”?
Well, they got that half right.
Because while starving your body of the nutrients it needs to heal is never a good idea. Feeding your body the RIGHT foods when you come down with the common cold could help you get over it faster.
Since the cold virus doesn’t respond to antibiotics or other meds, your best bet for battling this bug is always going to be home remedies. Plus making the right diet choices NOW could keep you from getting sick in the first place.
Feed your cold with these virus-busting foods
Following are five foods experts say you should feed your cold if you want to BEAT your cold…
1. Yellow bell peppers:
With the cold weather keeping you confined indoors and drooping immunities, fall and winter are prime time for colds. But snacking on sweet yellow peppers could help keep you healthy.
Vitamin C is a proven immune booster and bell peppers… especially the yellow variety… are loaded with the stuff. Just a half a cup of this tasty treat will provide you with around 137 mg of vitamin C. And that’s 153 percent of your daily recommended value for this vital vitamin. And the perfect way to feed your cold.
Red, orange, and green bell peppers contain a bit less C. But they’re still a great source of the vitamin.
A meta-analysis published in the journal Nutrients found that getting between six to eight grams of vitamin C a day could slash the length of your cold by 19 percent.
Other vitamin-C-rich foods include strawberries, spinach, kale, guavas, chili peppers, black currants, citrus fruits, and thyme.
Garlic isn’t just tasty. It provides a powerful one-two punch against the common cold.
Garlic contains the compounds allicin and allium. Both of which experts say can help give your immune system a much-needed boost this winter.
Putting garlic on the menu now could help you avoid getting sick during the busy holiday season. And research suggests eating more garlic if you’re already ill could shorten the length and severity of your cold too.
Chop or crush your garlic several minutes before you’re going to use it to activate the allicin. And then stir it into veggies, soups, stews, and meat dishes to feed your cold.
3. Green tea:
Sipping on any warm tea when it’s chilly outside is comforting. But if you make that tea the green variety, it may help you avoid catching a cold or the flu.
Green tea is loaded with several immune-boosting compounds. Antioxidant catechins, for example, are natural antivirals. Which means they could stop cold and flu viruses in their tracks. And the amino acid theanine is linked to immunity and could help ward off all kinds of viruses.
In one study, green-tea supplements beat the pants off a placebo Supplement takers had significantly fewer cases of flu than the unlucky volunteers who took the placebo. In another, health care workers who took green tea catechins and theanine for five months had their odds for getting sick plummet by 75 percent.
And in a study published in the Journal of the American College of Nutrition, a green tea supplement slashed cases of cold and flu. And folks who did get sick got over their symptoms much quicker than those not taking the supplements did.
In other words, feed your cold green tea and you’ll be feeling better in no time.
Carrots, sweet potatoes, and orange squash are rich in beta-carotene. Your body converts this nutrient into vitamin A which is key to a strong immune system.
And a healthy immune system can help your body fight back against invading viruses such as the common cold.
Vitamin A naturally protects our mucous membranes, like the inside of your nose and your gastrointestinal tract. And it supports your T and B cells and cytokines… all of which are critical parts of your immune response.
5. Wild caught fish:
Sufficient vitamin D is essential for fighting off colds and flu. But during the winter months when there are fewer daylight hours, and we spend far less time outdoors, our D levels can drop. And that can leave us more vulnerable to viruses.
Research has found folks with healthy D levels are far less likely to suffer from upper respiratory illnesses such as colds. And they bounce back faster when they do get sick.
One tasty way to load up on vitamin D during the winter months is to eat more wild-caught fish such as salmon, tuna, and mackerel.
Feed your cold this winter with these five virus-busting foods and feel better fast.