Is everyone around you coughing and sneezing? Include these products in your diet, and you can forget about hospitals and pharmacies! And the list is much wider than just lemons and garlic.
1. CHICKEN BOWL
Hot chicken broth is anti-inflammatory, relieves cold symptoms and may even shorten recovery time, researchers at the University of Nebraska Medical Center have concluded. If you feel sick, make a pot of flavored soup, chill and freeze in serving containers for a few days ahead.
If you don't drink enough water, your mucous membranes dry out and stop protecting you, which means you risk getting sick. And for those who have already caught a cold, 2 liters of water a day will help remove harmful substances from the body.
Any variety of mushrooms - even ordinary champignons or oyster mushrooms - will help activate the cells that fight pathogenic viruses and bacteria.
4. RED MEAT, BUCKWHEAT, NUTS
Be sure to eat foods rich in iron - a lack of this important element can make you more susceptible to infections.
5. GREEN TEA
If unflavoured green teas are too bitter for you, opt for jasmine-infused green teas, which contain just as many antioxidants but have a milder flavor. Regular consumption of green tea can reduce the time of illness by 35%.
Be sure to include natural fermented milk products in your diet. Doctors believe that the probiotics contained in them are able to defeat viruses. A recent study by Canadian doctors confirmed that beneficial bacteria reduce the chance of catching upper respiratory infections.
If you are already feeling unwell, eat 1-2 teaspoons before bed. In many cases, honey is more effective in reducing cough intensity than pharmacy syrups.
8. PRODUCTS CONTAINING ZINC
Multiple studies confirm that this element is necessary to fight colds. Scientists believe that zinc prevents the reproduction of the virus and the introduction into cells. Eat meat, poultry and seafood (especially shrimp and seaweed), cheeses, and soy. Vegetables containing zinc: beets, tomatoes, garlic, ginger, pumpkin seeds. Cereals: wheat germ, wheat bran, sunflower seeds, corn.
Blueberries, blueberries, blackberries, lingonberries, cranberries - all these berries are not in vain called natural pills. They strengthen the immune system due to the high concentration of anthocyanins - plant antioxidants that can fight inflammation. In the midst of flu and colds, try to eat at least ½ cup of fresh or frozen berries.
10. ONION AND GARLIC
Of course, without onions and garlic - these are not only delicious seasonings for a variety of dishes, but also recognized antiseptics. During the cold season, they will help you not get sick when everyone around you has a cold. In addition, they will provide your body with vitamins A, C, D and antioxidants that can reduce the risk of cancer.
Green onion removes excess fluid from the body, rich in potassium, carotene, vitamin C and B and PP vitamins, essential oils and vegetable protein. Eat it in soups, salads, add to stews. Don't forget the great winter fun: grow green onions with your child in a pot on the windowsill.
Shallots. It contains more vitamin C and minerals than ordinary onions, and the taste is softer and more tender. Shallots are considered a natural remedy for the treatment of eye and stomach diseases. Add it fresh to chicken, turkey dishes, soups and sauces, and marinated in salads.
Red onion - one of the strongest antiseptics that can not only boost immunity and protect the body from colds, but also improve digestion and metabolism. The flesh of the red onion is tender and even sweetish. Drizzle balsamic vinegar over sliced onion rings for a few minutes and add to vegetable salad - you won't regret it!
Are there many colds around you? Spice up a baked potato or vegetable soup with hot peppers to help fight off viruses and bacteria.