17 Healing Foods for Cold and Flu
The colder weather has set in and with it comes people coughing, sneezing and calling out of work sick. The cold and flu are a harsh reality that with which these chilly months are strongly associated. The itch in your throat, the headache and the sniffles – yes, you are coming down with the infection or virus.[slideshow:96752]
Most people recover in seven to 10 days, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Adults have an average of 2-3 colds per year, and children have even more. Symptoms usually include sore throat, runny nose, coughing, sneezing, watery eyes, headaches and body aches. About 100 different viruses can cause a common cold.
About 5 to 20 percent of people in the U.S. come down with the flu, usually in the winter between October and March. You can help reduce your risk of getting a cold by washing your hands, but the harmful bacteria just gets to you. When that happens, you need to boost your immune system – your first line of defense.
“Healthy diet, sleep, and exercise – all keep the immune system up to par,” Kimberly Gomer MS, RD, LDN, the Director of Nutrition at Pritikin Longevity Center + Spa, says.
The best way to fight the nasty health inconvenience is to fuel your body with foods that will give your body the right ingredients to build antibodies so you can feel well soon.