Fighting off Colds and Flu

2017 - 2018 has brought us a very active cold and flu season, here are a few helpful ways to keep a cold or flu at bay!

Chicken Soup may be helpful in reducing inflammation in lungs. There is a compound (cysteine) that helps thin mucus thus relieving congestion, in every bodies favorite; chicken soup. 
      Chicken Soup with Pesto

Yogurt is helpful in supporting the immune system.  Zinc is a great immune booster found in dairy product, like creamy yogurt. 
     Avocado Yogurt Dip with Cumin

Citrus is known for its Vitamin C (also found in berries).  While Vitamin C will not eliminate colds, studies have shown it can be helpful in getting you back on your feet more quickly.
     Quick Cinnamon Orange Dessert

Garlic as amazing as it sounds has many compounds that are chemically active.  Some of these compounds (allicin and alliin) have been shown to kill germs directly.  Garlic is also a stimulant for the immune system to release natural killer cells and destroy even more germs.
     Caramelized Garlic Chicken
    
Other spicy flavors like turmeric, chili, cayenne pepper, jalapenos and other hot peppers are helpful in decreasing sinus and nasal congestion. (capsaicin) The compound found in these foods is similar to those in cold and flu medications to help you breathe easier.
     Spicy Turkey Chili

Red Meats, oysters, avocados and lentils are another great source of zinc, again boosting the immune system.
     Moroccan Lentil Soup

Pineapple has an abundance of Vitamin C.  While Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant the body also uses it to make collagen for stronger bones and healthier tissues.  It also helps to reduce cold symptoms like watery eyes and runny noses.
     Pineapple Sweet and Sour Chicken

Tea contains a two very helpful compounds, one that helps break up congestion (theophylline) and another that helps keep viruses from multiplying (quercetin).
     Try your favorite !  Green, black or decaf.