I DON’T WANT TO GET SICK!!! 6 Foods that may help the fight against the Flu!
News: Health: SIX FOODS THAT FIGHT THE FLU [2009-11-02 01:00:00]
1. Apples, Onions, Broccoli, and Tomatoes
They all have a flavonoid called quercetin, which has a lot of benefits. Quercetin also helps in disease prevention thanks to its anti-inflammatory skills. So load up on quercetin-packed foods, including apples, onions, broccoli, and tomatoes.
2. Chicken Soup
Chicken soup really does heal. A bowl of soup reduces mucus and helps you cough it up. Make chicken soup with vegetables instead of using condensed soup or cooking with chicken alone.
3. Green Tea
Besides fighting cancer and heart disease, lowering cholesterol, burning fat and preventing diabetes and stroke, green tea also helps fight the flu. Green teas have higher levels of catechins, which are the flavonoids that do the work on the flu.
4. Salmon, Light Tuna, Sardines, Milk, and Cereal
These all have vitamin D. Tests in mice found that ones who had diets low in vitamin D were more likely to catch the flu than those who had plenty of vitamin D in their bodies. In winter, not enough vitamin D is made in your skin because the angle of the sun is too low and winter is when you get flu. Vitamin D milk, malted drink mixes, and fortified cereals like Total Raisin Bran and Whole Grain Total all have vitamin D, but roasted sockeye salmon is the best source.
5. Yogurt and Kefir with Live Active Cultures
Yogurt has probiotic, which is a good bacteria that can help cold and flu symptoms. Probiotics have been known to lower the length of a fever, cough and runny nose by more than 60% in kids 3 to 5. When you buy yogurt and kefir, be sure to look for the “Live and Active Cultures” label and choose one with as many different strains of cultures as possible.
6. Chiles Such as Serranos, Jalapeños, and Poblanos
Spicy peppers don’t just help clear your sinuses, they’re also a great source of vitamin C, which has been found to lower the chances of pneumonia that come with flu. Sweet red bell peppers are also packed with vitamin C, as are guava, kiwi, oranges, green bell peppers, strawberries, Brussels sprouts, cantaloupe, and papaya.