Best Diet To Fight Winter Colds

Along with the winter season comes with it different types of illnesses of which cold is the most common one. One can get cold and cough in the winter season out of nowhere. Just simply sitting along side someone who might have had a cold or cough may make you get the same illness.

Despite this, irrespective of whether you are on a plane ride, sitting in an office environment with people who already have cold and are constantly sneezing and sniffing, you can get away with contacting this annoying cold and cough by following a diet that has been explained below. These foods mentioned below are easy to prepare and are very effective for Winter Colds. It may sound odd but food can also be used as a medicine to ward off many illnesses and more so Winter Colds.

Best Diet To Fight Winter Colds

Best Diet To Fight Winter Colds

Below mentioned are some foods to include in your diet which are easy to make and are very effective to fight winter colds.

Foods Rich in Vitamins: There are many foods which are easily available in the market which are rich in vitamins, especially vitamins A, C, and E. Such foods are quite good to taste as well as quite effective in fighting Winter Colds. Some of these foods are oranges, blueberries, sweet potatoes, pomegranates, carrots, spinach, and broccoli. They can be prepared easily at home and are also good to taste and there are various recipes available which can make these dishes more delicious.

Garlic: Garlic is one such food which has so many medicinal properties that it has been used since ancient times along with turmeric. Garlic helps in fighting off various viral, bacterial and fungal infections. It is also a very good antihypertensive and controls the blood pressure. Apart from all these properties it also helps the Winter Cold at bay and even if you catch cold or cough during the winter months garlic can be used as a mode of treatment. Garlic can be mixed with any vegetable of your choice in the form of a paste and can be consumed since it has a bit of an odd taste and hence eating it raw may not taste good for some people. It is recommended by many physicians to take about 2 cloves of garlic a day to stay fit and healthy and ward off any illness including Winter Colds. It should be noted here that garlic has a tendency to interfere with HIV medicines and should not be taken in a large amount.

Ginger: Along with garlic, ginger is yet another food product that can be used to treat Winter Colds. It is not only good to the taste buds but also has properties which treat various bacterial and viral infections with Winter Colds being no exception. Ginger and garlic can be mixed together and blended to form a paste and can be used in preparation of any type of food you want. It will not only make the food tastier but will also help you in fighting Winter Colds. It can also be mixed in tea and taken.

Mushrooms: Mushrooms have properties which enhances the immune system of the body. They contain vitamin D which helps the body fight infections. Mushrooms can be used in making various kinds of food including rice, vegetables, and noodles as well. Soups are also something in which mushrooms can be added to not only make them delicious but also to ward off Winter Colds.

Foods High on Zinc: Foods that contain high levels of zinc are also quite effective in fighting off Winter Colds. Even if you are suffering from Winter Colds, these foods reduce the severity of the symptoms and treat the condition in no time. Some of the foods that contain high levels of zinc are Legumes, pumpkin seeds, whole grains, nuts, and eggs.

Astralagus Root: This is a type of herb which is normally taken to boost the immune system of the body and prevent any respiratory illness but this can also be used to fight Winter Colds. The root can be dried and mixed in soups or tea and taken. This is easily available at a herbal store. Astralagus root is quite effective in fighting Winter Colds.

Echinacea: This herb is useful in treating many medical conditions and is very useful for viral and bacterial infections and hence is useful in fighting Winter Colds.

Pramod Kerkar, M.D., FFARCSI, DA
Pramod Kerkar, M.D., FFARCSI, DA
Written, Edited or Reviewed By: Pramod Kerkar, M.D., FFARCSI, DA Pain Assist Inc. This article does not provide medical advice. See disclaimer
Last Modified On:July 7, 2017

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