Prevention is the best cure, but if you already have a cold there are some other remedies to get rid of it besides medications and they can be very tasty as well. Yeah, there is truth in the saying: feed a cold and starve a fever.
Due to a high level of anti oxidants, beta-carotene and vitamin C the following foods can help you recover from a cold more quickly and are also an excellent form of prevention against coming down with one:
Apricots, asparagus, beef liver, beets, berries, broccoli, cantaloupe, carrots, corn, guava, grains kale, mangoes, mustard and collard greens, nectarines, peaches, pink grapefruit, pumpkin, spinach, squash (yellow and winter), sweet potato, tangerines, tomatoes, and watermelon berries, other fruit and raw vegetables.
Lots of vitamin C can be found in broccoli, cantaloupe, cauliflower, kale, kiwi, orange juice, papaya, red, green or yellow pepper, sweet potato, strawberries, and tomatoes and vitamin E rich foods are almonds, corn oil, cod-liver oil, hazelnuts, lobster, peanut butter, safflower oil, salmon steak, and sunflower seeds.
Bioflavonoids help to get you over a cold quicker as well. These have the same function as anti oxidants and are mainly found in the pulp and white core that runs through the center of citrus fruits, green peppers, lemons, limes, oranges, cherries, and grapes. the highest concentrated form of bioflavonoids is Quercetin and is found in broccoli, citrus fruits, and red and yellow onions.
To break up the mucus and clear nasal congestion chicken soup is extremely helpful. It also has a mild anti-inflammatory effect. Hot green and black tea thin the mucus as well, provide lots of flavonoids and anti oxidants and keep you hydrated at the same time.
In case you rather strengthen your immune system, which is not only good for preventing and fighting colds and flus, but also for any other condition, then you may resort to the following options:
- Try eating a cup of low-fat yoghurt on a daily basis; several studies have found that the helpful bacteria in yogurt could stimulate production of immune system substances that fight diseases.
- Since our immune system relies heavily on protein, skinless chicken, lean beef, turkey, beans, and soy are excellent sources for protein.
- Take in Glutathione. This also boosts the immune system and can be found in the red, pulpy area of the watermelon near the rind, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower, spinach, and other cabbage like vegetables.
It is good to boost the immune system to be better equipped to ward off and/or deal with diseases. Mentally and emotionally we will be better prepared for all the trials that come our way by strengthen ourselves spiritually. It can be found in our daily bread which God has provided for us.
And not only that, but we also glory in tribulations, knowing that tribulation produces perseverance;