There is no doubt that cold weather mirrors bad head colds and the flu. If you are coming down with a cold, there are foods that you can eat to help your body resist getting worse.
The most obvious foods to eat when you have a bad cold are foods rich in vitamin C. The best sources for vitamin C are the foods that are loaded with C and beta-carotene:
- Sweet red pepper 95 mg
- Papaya 94 mg
- Kiwi 89 mg
- Naval orange 80 mg
- Cantaloupe 56 mg
- Strawberries 42 mg
- Broccoli 37 mg
- Brussel sprouts 36 mg
- Sweet potato 28 mg
- Butternut squash 15 mg
It’s typically best to eat these foods as raw as possible, but some foods are actually more effective when cooked, like tomatoes. Studies have shown that cooked tomatoes are more helpful than raw tomatoes.
When you have a cold, try to eat about 5 helpings a day of these foods rich in vitamin C and antioxidants. I also recommend doubling your supplement intake when sick – make sure to take a multivitamin every day, increase your vitamin C supplement, and I, personally, use a homeopathic cold and flu remedy from Sweden called Alpha CF. I start taking Alpha Cs at the first sign of a cold, and I continue taking it until the symptoms are gone.
Most all mushrooms are rich in a type of polysaccharide called beta glucan, which activates your immune system and helps prevent infections.
Beta glucan regulates white blood cells and keeps them prepared to attack virus invaders. Mushrooms are rich in vitamins, polyphenols, sterols and zinc, which all keep your immune system healthy and strong so you can fight off a bad head cold.
Garlic is a natural antibiotic, and it’s antibacterial, anti-viral, anti-fungal, and anti-oxidant qualities help fight infection, and this helps you resist getting sick. Garlic contains sulfur-based organic compounds, which give garlic its odor and help boost your immune system.
This is very important when fighting a bad cold.
So, how does mushroom soup with lots of garlic sound when you have a bad head cold?
When You Have A Bad Cold
When you come down with a bad head cold:
- start taking Alpha CF
- drink plenty of fluids
- get lots of rest
- double up on your vitamins
- snuff warm salt water up your nostrils and splash some into the tear ducts in your eyes (here is the link to my nasal flush recipe and instructions)
- eat plenty of foods rich in the nutrients that help your body fight a bad cold
More Healthy Foods For Colds
Here are more foods that are good to eat when you have a bad cold:
- oatmeal (with berries)
- turkey and chicken
- green and black tea
- spicy foods (for congestion)
- chicken soup (of course)
- coconut water
And keep plenty of tissues around, too.
Disclaimer: This article is for informational purposes only, and is educational in nature. The FDA may not have evaluated some of the statements. This article is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. Please discuss with your own, qualified health care provider before adding supplements or making any changes to your dietary program.
Before taking vitamins, consult your doctor; pre-existing medical conditions or medications you are taking can affect how your body responds to multivitamins.