The most common immunity related illness that comes with winter is the cold. Prevention from this contagious illness is the first thing to do, to avoid cold. Avoid public places and maintain self-hygiene. The phrase “Feed a cold and starve a fever”, explains the importance of healthy balanced food to prevent illnesses
Getting plenty of exercises and eating nutritious food helps prevent infections to a great extent. Check out the following foods to fight cold:
Chicken soup – Also known as nature’s penicillin, chicken soup is the top most on the list of foods that have curative power. A cup of hot chicken soup helps clear clogged airways. And vegetarians can opt for lentil soup with garlic and pepper.
Garlic – Garlic has several medicinal properties including allin which not adds flavor but acts as a decongestant too. It is also an antioxidant and destroys free-radicals, the active oxygen molecules that damage cells.
Spicy food – Chilly or spicy sauce help to ease congestion. Hot and spicy food with pepper and chilly helps clear congestion and also adds that zing and flavor to the insipid taste in the mouth when suffering from cold.
Fluids – Take plenty of fluids in the form of soups, hot beverages or warm water to keep you hydrated and clean the system of toxins.
Fruits – Though citrus fruits can hurt your throat especially when you have cold/sore throat, they help in increasing the immunity with vitamin C in these fruits. Snack on fruits or salads with citrus fruits like orange, lemon juice, pineapple and guava
Ginger – Known for its medicinal qualities, and as a home remedy for several health conditions, the fresh ginger root is very effective in treating cough and fever that accompany colds and flu. Green tea with ginger and cloves soothes sore throat and cough.