It may have been warm for the start of December but there is no doubt that Winter has arrived with Christmas
hot cold on it’s tail! The ground is covered in leaves, the dark outweighs the light and the sound of sniffling fills the air… yes, that’s right, the dreaded flu has arrived.
But what if I told you, you didn’t have to suffer and that you could stave off a cold with the addition of several ingredients that won’t break the bank…
So what should you be adding to your daily diet?
Ginger – Everyones favourite
Auntie Anti. Ginger is anti-inflammatory, anti-viral, anti-septic and anti-histamine. Ginger will help to ease the pain of a sore throat and the antibacterial and antiseptic effects can help to fight the infection causing your sore throat.
Tumeric – If Ginger is everyone’s favourite Auntie then Tumeric is everyone’s favourite Uncle. A close relative of ginger, Tumeric is known for it’s anti-inflammatory and anti-oxident powers and has been long used in both Chinese and Indian medicines. Tumerics chemical compound Curcumin is a natural immune booster and can help fight free radicals. Stir into warm milk and drink before bed for a healing drink.
Garlic – Garlic has been used for a long time in the fight to stop the common cold, in fact it’s one of the earliest recorded examples of plants being used for the treatment of illness. Garlic is a natural antibiotic with both antibacterial and antiviral properties and contains a powerful medicinal compound called Allicin (which is produced when garlic is chopped or crushed). This study shows that people who included garlic in their diet everyday for three months had fewer colds throughout the year.
Elderberry – When taken at the first sign of flu, Elderberry is known to shorten the life of the illness. Some studies also suggest that elderberry can help to relieve congestion by reducing swelling in the mucous membranes.
Elderberries may be difficult to find but there are plenty of supplements around – try an elderberry tea or an elderberry syrup
Wild Salmon – Wild salmon is high in Vitamin D which helps to regulate the immune system and kill off harmful bacteria and virus’. It’s important we get more Vitamin D through our food in Winter as the dark starts to outweigh the light and the body struggles to get it’s daily dose through the sun.
So there you have it, my Top 5 flu fighting foods to keep you healthy throughout winter. Do you have any foods that you like to increase during the winter months or tips for staying healthy? As always, let me know below!
Have a happy & healthy week guys!