Surprising Foods That Can Prevent the Cold and the Flu

You don’t have to be sick if you don’t like chicken soup or honey


Most people know to drink a lot of tea with honey and lemon and eat chicken soup when they catch a cold. But did you know that fatty fish and certain nuts are just as good, if not better, at preventing you from getting sick in the first place?[slideshow:102586]

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. 

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.

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