Foods to fight flu - Part 2
This is our second post on foods that support your immune system and help to fight the flu or a cold. Go on, raid your kitchen cupboards and delve into your fruit bowls to help stay healthy. Also remember hydration and to rest is key!
Zinc is an essential mineral which has many functions. Part of these include preventing a weakened immune system by stimulating the body to fight infections like colds and flu. Too much zinc can be harmful though, so it’s best to source zinc in oysters, but other foods include lean red meat, chicken and shellfish, brown rice, lentils, chickpeas, pumpkin seeds and dairy products like cheese, milk and yoghurt.
Green tea has a long list of health benefits, from helping to prevent cancer and heart disease to fighting the flu. Green tea does contain caffeine, the amount differs depending on how long you steep the tea, but it’s less than in coffee. A good guideline is to steep a green tea bag in 180 ml of boiled water for 2 to 3 minutes to get the most of the tea’s antioxidants.
Nose still stuffy?
If after trying our tips you still end up with a cold or flu and are now struggling with a stuffy nose, turn up the heat. Add chillies to your food as the spiciness should clear your sinus and ease congestion. What’s more, they are also a good source of vitamin C!
Outside of the kitchen
Besides eating correctly to get your daily requirement of vitamins and minerals, there are other important healthy habits to remember:
- Wash your hands regularly with soap and water, especially if you are in public areas.
- Exercise often to keep your immune system strong.
- Don’t smoke as it suppresses your immune system.
- Limit your sugar intake, this also has a negative effect on your immune system.
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