Flu season is almost over. However, it will soon be that time again when the snow comes back and so do those nasty little Cold bugs. Face it nobody likes to be sick or to feel ill. In today’s time, it’s a little scarier with so many new strains of viruses from basic Influenza to Swine Flu (H1N1) and now sadly the newly found Coronavirus also known as COVID-19. Why not help better prepare your body for future immune battles and other illnesses without prescriptions. Everything can be found within nature from an anti-itch to things that help aid sleep. So what about preventing the Flu or other bugs? How can you help prevent yourself from possibly getting sick naturally? In no way at all are we saying this is a full proof plan that will prevent you from getting sick but some of these foods have been proven to help with fighting and preventing Colds and cases of Flu
Besides Salt and Pepper, Garlic is one of the most used ingredients around the world and is known pretty much everywhere. With a very pungent odor, most people can detect it through smell alone. You’re probably asking your self though, how does this help prevent the Cold and Flu? Raw Garlic can be such a potent and anti-bacterial tool that it can help destroy the Flu germ before it can mutate into a full-blown virus in the body. The main compound that aids in the destruction of the germ is Allicin. Allicin is a compound produced when garlic is crushed or chopped and is a very unstable element, so it quickly changes to other sulfur-containing composites thought to give Garlic its healing qualities. A study found that people who consumed Garlic every day for a total of three months (instead of a Placebo) had fewer colds than people that did receive the Placebo. So, all in all, don’t be scared to add a little extra Garlic to your dishes.
Blueberries are not only very tasty but can give you an added chance to help aid your body before and during the dreaded flu season. Within Blueberries, you can find Flavonoids. Flavonoids are a type of Antioxidant that helps aid in reducing the damage that has been caused to your cells and also helping boost your immune system. Besides, Blueberries have plenty of other positive attributes including, Vitamin A, Potassium, Manganese, dietary fiber, and Vitamin C. so why not add some extra Blueberries to your next Smoothie!
There are five species of Ginseng. But just two have been valued for their medicinal properties. You can always expect this to be a super-healthy choice in almost any instance. Ginseng tea is also one of the world’s most popular ways to treat colds naturally. Some studies have suggested that drinking Ginseng Tea may reduce the duration of the common cold. It may appear to be a miracle supplement, and due to this factor taking Ginseng isn’t right for everyone. In a study performed colds lasted about 11 days total for the group taking Ginseng and 16.5 days for the Placebo group. But drinking too much can be bad for your health so be sure not to overdo it.
Now, how many people do you know that say they don’t like Mushrooms. I know I personally know a few myself but Button Mushrooms are an excellent way to help boost your immune system. One study in The Journal of Nutrition actually found that White Button Mushrooms, which make up about 90 percent of the type eaten in the U.S., have anti-viral characteristics. They also contain Polysaccharides, which initiate natural assassin cells to stop Cold and Flu causing viruses.
You knew this had to be on the list. The infamous Orange is an amazing fruit to help aid in fighting off of Colds and the Flu. What’s one of the main things that aid in staying healthy? Vitamin C! You don’t even need to eat an Orange to get the benefits either. Just a glass of Orange juice can get you the necessary Vitamin C needed to help fend off that Cold. Orange juice has about 165% of your recommended daily value of vitamin C. There are even several other nutrients that may help you fight off pesky colds. The research found that taking supplements on a constant daily basis (at least 200 milligrams per day) decreased the period of colds by 8 percent in adults and by 14 percent in children. However, when people took Vitamin C tablets at the first sign of a cold, they didn’t reduce the cold duration or reduce symptom hardness.