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Flu Fighting Foods

Submitted by Alicia Sanders
Posted on 26 Sep, 2016

Flu Fighting Foods
Don’t underestimate the power of food to keep you healthy and strong. One of the best ways to prevent the flu is to ensure that you’re in overall good health, and your immunity is strong and ready to fight off anything that it might encounter. You can do this by eating these 5 Flu Fighting Foods.

Raw Garlic
Raw garlic is both a flu fighter, and a superfood. It contains the compounds allion and allicin which have direct antiviral effects. If you feel the flu coming on, chew a raw clove of garlic three or four hours to prevent a full-blown flu onset. If raw garlic’s taste is too pungent, toss some into a stir-fry or warm soup.


Onions also contain allion and allicin. Consume a serving of raw onion every few hours to get the full effect. If raw onion isn’t your cup of tea, try some on top of a salad for a more subtle flavor.


Spices are packed to the brim with antioxidants which help improve function of the immune system, especially spices like turmeric, cinnamon and cloves. Try to consume a teaspoon of spices every day to keep the flu at bay. You can mix cinnamon into baked apples or oatmeal, or enjoy some ethnic chicken flavored with turmeric. If you’re already feeling the flu symptoms, mix cinnamon, coriander and powdered ginger into hot water and sip it slowly to help relieve your symptoms.


Berries are very rich in antioxidants, which are key to fighting off the flu virus, especially blueberries. These little blue delights aren’t difficult to take down. Try to eat one serving (1/2) cup of fresh berries every day during the flu season to help you stay healthy. If you don’t have access to fresh berries, frozen ones will do as well.


Chicken Soup
You may have thought your grandma was nagging you as she tried to pour down your throat at the first site of the flu, but it turns out grandma was right. Soup works to ward off viruses. Researchers believe that hot soup raises the temperature in the nose and throat, thereby creating an unwelcoming environment for viruses. Choose chicken soup, as chicken itself boasts flu-fighting properties. You can make a big batch of chicken soup and keep some in the freezer, that way all you have to do is warm it up once the fatigue starts to hit you.

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