This blog was updated on September 21, 2018.
Coughing, runny nose, sneezing, and the onslaught of symptoms signal that flu season is here. It can sometimes feel inevitable that you will get sick in the winter, especially if you’re around school-aged children or spend a lot of time in crowded public places.
Luckily, there are lots of ways you can fight back during flu season. To start, make sure you’re prepared with medicine on hand: Genexa’s Flu Fix treats your nastiest symptoms and helps you get back on your feet faster. As soon as you start to feel the flu coming on, take Flu Fix and you’ll be feeling better in no time.
What you eat can also affect how you feel, both during and after you get sick. Here are some of our favorite flu-fighting foods:
Garlic is an amazing little plant. Consumed raw or cooked, garlic packs a powerful punch of healing properties. When you start to feel an illness coming on, consuming raw garlic can help minimize the effects and longevity of your illness. Some people can’t stand the pungent taste of garlic so taking garlic capsules (found in the vitamin aisle) can also work.
Believe it or not, spicy foods can also bring relief. If you’re suffering from a sore throat, stay away from spicy foods as they can irritate it even more. But if runny, stuffy nose and fever are your main ailments, spicy foods can help you “sweat it out.” Make sure to drink plenty of water and stay hydrated throughout the day. Here are some recipes to get you started:
- Chana Masala (spicy Indian chickpeas)
- Shakshuka (made with spicy Tunisian harissa paste)
- Vegetarian Green Chili (made with spicy hatch green chiles)
Berries are packed with powerful antioxidants. All berries are good, but blueberries are the best. If you can get fresh berries, even better! Throw them together in a smoothie and start your day with a fresh, flu-fighting treat.
Sweet potatoes help keep your mucus linings healthy, which provide your first defense against airborne illnesses. They are also packed with vitamin A, another immunity-boosting vitamin. Sweet potatoes are one of the most versatile starches and are great mashed, fried, baked, and even taste good in salads!
Chicken noodle soup isn’t just good for your soul...it’s better for the body in times of illness. Any soup can actually help you start feeling better faster. Hot soup raises the temperature of your body and opens up your clogged mucus cavities. Pick a soup base and add your favorite veggies and legumes to create your own sick day soup.
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