Even though winter is almost over, many people are still susceptible to colds and flu and would do well to give their immune systems a boost.
If you’re struggling with cold and flu symptoms then you should add garlic to your meals. Garlic gives your food some kick and a spicy taste which should help to relieve some of your congestion. Researchers also believe that garlic has immune-stimulating properties as well as antimicrobial properties that should be able to help you get over the illness faster. Add it to your soup or stew and even if you don’t get results right away, it will still taste delicious.
Ginger is another good ingredient to add to your diet when you are dealing with the flu. Ginger has smoothing qualities and is often used to treat sickness at home. There is some research that suggests that ginger works against inflammation. Whether you buy it in powdered form, drink flat ginger ale or freshly grate it from the root, adding ginger can do wonders for your health.
Hot tea is also good when you are feeling sick. Some teas also have healing agents in them so you get more than the warm and relaxing pleasures from drinking the beverage. Green tea, black tea and oolong tea have antioxidants that are known for fighting disease. Breathing in steam from tea can help to relieve congestion. It doesn’t matter whether your tea is caffeinated or not. Drinking decaffeinated tea can have the same benefits. If you add a bit of honey and lemon you can also soothe a sore throat.