What is Your Best Protection Against Cold? Eat The Food That can Help You Fight it!

19 foods against cold

 

Carrots and Sweet Potatoes

carrots and sweet potatoes against cold

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Carrots and sweet potatoes are rich in beta-carotene. When we eat food rich in beta-carotene, we are actually consuming vitamin A that is essential for the immune system and its protection. Vitamin A also keeps the mucous membranes that line our nose and throat healthy and protected.

 

Honey

honey against cold

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Honey is a well-known natural remedy used for centuries to fight cold, flues, and other similar infections. Honey is the best for removing the symptoms and reducing cough.

Honey contains powerful antioxidants and has strong antibacterial properties. Warm water and honey is the best remedy for relieving congestion. Honey will also help you sleep better.

 

What shouldn’t we eat when having a cold?

 

Alcohol

In a word, alcohol weakens the immune system, leave you dehydrated and electrolyte imbalanced. Thus, in case you cannot avoid alcohol, make sure to drink plenty of water.

 

Sugar

Sugars also weaken the immune system. Whether it is a soda drink or in the form of junk food, added sugar cancel out the benefits of the vitamin C.

 

Fatty food

Food high in fat produces inflammation and weakens the immune system. Do not eat fatty food and fried food; stay away from cakes, pies, cookies, and biscuits and dairy.

 

Processed food

Fast and processed food can only make you feel worse. Processed food is full of toxins that slow down the immune system.

 
Reference:
Spring, J. (2004). The Little Cold Book: Advice, Remedies, & Bedside Amusements. Quick Books.
The Doctors Book of Home Remedies for Colds and Flu. (2000). Prevention Health Books, Rodale Books.