Cold and Flu Season Helpers
Starting with the Basics: Mom's Chicken noodle soup, was great when you were a kid and still is great for your kids and you. Soups during this transitional season is great for killing pathogens and creating strong immune system. Making your home made soup is easy, take a look at my website for a great easy recipe, Chicken Soup to heal the Lungs.
Adding Garlic and Ginger to your daily meals will help fight off viruses and bacteria. Ginger has sesquiterpenes in it, which specifically fight the rhinovirus. Garlic is great at antiviral, antibacterial, and many more.Also Turmeric is a great way to add anti-inflammatory spice to your diet or in supplements.
Make sure you get up and move!!!! During this time of the year it is too easy to sit around and get caught indoors. However, this time of the year there is a lot of stagnation in the air indoors, and all the dust kick up from the leaves and grasses. Moving with light cardio or moderate exercise is important for making sure you are keeping your lungs, muscles and immune system moving. Movement is important to keep energy moving through you as well.
Fall its important for you to have strong nutrients coming in to fuel you as the season is changing. Eating fall fruits like apples, pears, plums and citrus is great to keep you going. Also soups and stews are good to keep you healthy and happy. One they are rich in vitamins and nutrients but they are also cooked slower which is great for easy digestion. Your small and large intestines crave easy digestion and foods that are rich in vitamins, minerals, and amino acids, all of which can be found in stews and soups.
Vitamins such as Vitamin D3, help fight off infections and keep your immune system going strong. Vitamin C is great to help the recovery from colds and flus, however, it won't help prevent them, because of the fact that your body won't be using the amount of vitamin C to do anything and so it will just pass it. So taking extra amounts now won't do too much, hold off for now. Glutathione is an amino acid that recharges antioxidants after your body uses them, so taking it with vitamin C when you are sick gives you an extra antioxidant boost. When you’re getting sick, you have more oxidative stress and more free radicals to quench. So adding this amino acid can help out. Zinc!!! Zinc is a great if you remember to take it when you first get sick. But if you miss your 24 hour window it might be a little too late.
Good luck and stay healthy.