You all know the feeling, the tangling in the back of your throat, your nose is clogging up. The common cold has gotten its first grip on you and you know that it is only a matter of time before you will be waist deep in napkins and curse you were ever born. Well, maybe all of you are not that dramatical, but a common cold (and I might add that I, as a man, get the even more horrific man-cold) is not pleasant. So what can you do to prevent, or shorten the time you’re ill? Besides washing your hands and try not to get sneezed at on the subway, a trip to the pharmacy to get some over the counter pills are one way. An even better way though is to have a look in your kitchen cabinet and refrigerator, you might already have what you need at home. With that said, read through this list of 5 foods that help you beat the common cold and you will be back up on your feet in no time.
Does home remedies really work?
Home remedies can vary a lot and some are quite simple, as rinsing your nose with salt water, and others are more complicated, like making garlic paste and put in your ears overnight to help against ear infection. I don’t know if any of these examples work or how they are tested but people have been using plants and foods for hundreds of years to treat different diseases and ailments, so some grains of truth must be in there somewhere.
Also, if you have had a really bad cold you really don’t care if you feel better due to a placebo or if you’re actually feeling better, right?
So when should you start stocking up on foods that help you beat the common cold? Well, the symptoms of a common cold can be, but are not limited to;
- Runny or stuffy nose
- A sore throat
- A cough
- Slight body aches or a headache
- Low energy
It’s important to know that the symptoms are your body’s way of fighting off the cold. A fever, for example, is the body’s way of killing viruses by creating a hotter than normal environment that the virus can’t thrive in. A cough helps you to clear the airways of germ-carrying mucus and thus preventing it from reaching your lungs.
The most important part of fighting off the common cold is to stay warm and rest. If you stay warm and rest your body will be able to redirect more of its energy towards the battle with the cold.
Yes, you will get bored of resting after a while, so why not try and speed up the process of getting rid of the cold a little bit? When cold season starts, be prepared and make sure that you have some of these foods at home.
5 foods that help you beat the common cold
It helps a great deal to have some natural foods at home that will help you beat the common cold. These foods all contain different things that will help you in the battle against the cold. Try to eat some or all of it and stay warm and rested and I am sure you will be up and running in no time.
The best way of using garlic to fight off the cold is to eat it raw. Yes, I know this might not be the tastiest of alternatives but in order to get full usage of the allicins (a sulfur-containing compound that most researchers believe is the anti-common cold agent), you should eat it raw. Peel the garlic clove and crush it gently with the side of a knife and then just pop it in the mouth and eat it. Do this 3-4 times a day and you should shorten the time you are ill.
If you can’t bear the taste, try to wash it down with some fruit juice or make garlic teat. Heat up some water add the crushed garlic clove and some agave syrup and bring to a boil.
I recommend eating it raw though.
The fresh ginger root contains gingerol and shaogals which are both anti-inflammatory and helps you to quickly relieve the nuisance of a sore throat. They also help to kill the rhinoviruses, which are responsible for the cold in the first place.
The root can be bought cheap and you can use it in many different ways. For instance, you can take a 2cm (~1″), and divide it into smaller pieces. Add them to a cup of water and bring to a boil, lower the heat and let simmer for about 5 minutes. Add some lemon juice and a bit of sweetener, and you have a great cup of ginger tea. Drink this about 3 times a day.
You can also make this spicy ginger shot and have a shot at breakfast and at dinner to fend off or prevent you from the common cold.
Of all commonly consumed fruits and berries, blueberries stand out as the one with the highest levels of decease-fighting antioxidants. And that’s just what you need right now!
Eat them as they are from the refrigerator, make a blueberry smoothie, or add them to your salad. The choices are many and they will not cost you that much either. If you really want to be prepared, buy the frozen ones so that you always have some blueberries at home, they are still very rich in nutrition, and you will be able to proactively fight the cold.
A cup of broccoli contains more Vitamin C than an orange, and Vitamin C has an important role in keeping your immune response up to standard. So you should be quick to add broccoli to your diet.
Besides the high amount of Vitamin C, broccoli also contains Vitamin A and Vitamin E as well as glucosinolates, which also stimulates the body’s immune system.
Make a tofu broccoli walnut salad for lunch to make sure that you get more of this healthy green in your diet.
Sweet Potatoes contain a high amount of beta-carotene which is good for your hair, nails and skin. But when it comes to fighting off the common cold, they are good because the body converts the beta-carotene into Vitamin A which keeps the mucous membranes that are inside our nose and throat healthy, strong and functioning.
This list of 5 foods that help you beat the common cold is a good start if you want to stay healthy, but more importantly, you should look over your overall diet to see if you are eating well. Eating well is the best way to fend off infections and will help you get better faster when getting ill.
Have a look at some of my recipes, I am sure you will find something that you like!
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