The best natural defense during any flu season is a strong immune system. While the coronavirus is spreading quicker than the flu and deemed to be deadlier than the flu, it is still a viral infection that feasts on those with weaker immune systems and respiratory issues. The battle against these virus diseases starts long before flu season ever starts, though, by eating the right foods that will naturally help you boost your immune system to make yourself less susceptible to these viruses in the first place.
You had to know Manuka honey was going to get top billing here! The anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties of Manuka honey are well-documented. No, we are not saying this is the be-all, end-all cure for any virus, but it is believed to help boost the immune system when consumed regularly, especially the UMF+ honey.
Chicken Noodle Soup
Wives tale or fact? Maybe a little bit of each. Again, this may not be the ultimate cure, but there a lot of significant health benefits related to the ingredients in chicken soup. For instance, carrots are packed with Vitamin A, chicken broth has zinc, and there is the natural benefit of consuming liquids, which will keep you hydrated.
No, we don’t want you guzzling down the liquid in the maraschino cherry jar, but you should be drinking tart (sour) cherry juice. This magical liquid helps you sleep better and improves sleep efficiency. Rest, of course, helps get your body better prepared to fight off any infection that comes its way. And, I can speak from personal experience that cherry juice helps reduce inflammation and improve recovery time.
I don’t think we have to waste a lot of time on blueberries because the benefits of this superfood are very well documented. If you are looking for food that is naturally packed with anti-oxidants, it is hard to find something better.
Citrus fruits are packed with Vitamin C, especially Kiwi and mandarin oranges. Vitamin C is not naturally stored in your body, so it is important to replenish it every day. Eat an orange, eat a kiwi, have a bowl of grapefruit, or put some lemon on your tea each morning.
Garlic and Onions
Anti-viral, anti-fungal, and anti-bacterial properties are all present in both of these, so don’t be shy about using them in your cooking, preferably raw.
This is another vegetable that when consumed raw or barely cooked packs far more benefits. The longer it is steamed, cooked, or blanched, the fewer benefits it will contain. In its raw form, however, broccoli is packed with folic acid, magnesium, potassium, chromium, Vitamin E, and Vitamin K.
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Source: Psychology Today, Photo By Arzamasova