Welcome, visitor! [ Register | Login

Three Healthy Meals To Fight Cold or Flu

Natural Medicine October 16, 2016

“Food feeds both the body and soul – there are clear reasons to eat a balanced diet, but there are also reasons you cling to your mom’s secret chicken noodle soup recipe when you’re sick.” -Michael Mena

With cold and flu season upon us, it is no surprise people are scrambling about in a dozen different directions for a cure, a preventative, or at least a soothing aid when the sickness descends.

However, perhaps the easiest (and tastiest) way to combat germs and bacteria is to eat a balanced diet of natural, healthy foods. That’s easier said than done, you might say, but keep reading and you’ll find that these meals are simple, cost-effective, and packed with nutrients that will do their best to stave off those pesky illnesses.

What vitamins, minerals and spices are best suited to do battle with the cold and flu? Research published in the Journal of Nutrition and on the U.S. National Library of Medicine website (and others) indicates that Vitamins A, B, & C, the mineral zinc, and spices garlic and tumeric are the best when it comes to preventative care.

Where can these be found? In a plethora of foods including beef, tuna, salmon, chicken, (and chicken broth), sweet potatoes, beans, and dark, leafy greens. Adding onions and garlic or tumeric to the dish will also increase its immune-boosting power. Combining these foods in savory dishes will not only ensure that you’re getting the nutrients you need, but will prepare it to fight against disease.

The first dish is of course the perennial favorite, chicken soup. Consisting of chicken stock or broth, chicken, vegetables (onions, celery, carrots, and whatever else you fancy), and either noodles or rice, this dish is a hearty staple that not only provides relief to a sore throat, but also keeps you hydrated and provides much needed amino acids, vitamins, and minerals.

The second dish is vegetarian chili, comprised of a tomato base, black beans, onions, garlic, and sweet potatoes (a replacement for meat). The sweet potatoes provide Vitamin A, the black beans give us antioxidants, and the garlic shares the benefits of its antimicrobial and antibacterial properties.

The third and last dish is curry – particularly curry with tumeric, which is both anti-inflammatory and an antioxidant. If you don’t like curry or if it’s difficult to find in your area, you can try mixing tumeric into the following: eggs, leafy greens, or roasted vegetables like cauliflower, squash, and zucchini.

Be prepared this flu season by putting together some easy, nutritious meals with natural ingredients – the benefits are bountiful.

By Kaitlin Cone

589 total views, 0 today

Facebook Friends

  • Scientists Reveal the Relationship Between Sugar and Cancer

    by on October 13, 2017 - 0 Comments

    Many of us have heard so much about the reasons why we should cut sugar out of our diets altogether. According to many health experts, white sugar has no redeeming qualities and all it does is make you crave for more. However, now we find out something very serious from studies that have been done […]

  • 7 Ways to Fall Asleep When You Can't

    by on October 19, 2017 - 0 Comments

    Sleep is one of the most important things we can do for our bodies and our minds. Some people require medication and if your insomnia is severe, you may want to consult your physician, it may be the result of another health problem. However, if your insomnia is sporadic, there are some natural ways to […]

  • Does Your Wrinkle Cream Really Work?

    by on October 12, 2017 - 0 Comments

    The FDA says, no, that skin cream cannot repair DNA damage, reverse aging, or cure your rosacea. The FDA warns of many false claims when it comes to these de-aging products on the market today. They cost, mostly women, a lot of money and cannot deliver on their promises. The Food and Drug Administration has […]

  • 6 Healthy Food Trends You Should Know About in 2018

    by on October 19, 2017 - 0 Comments

    Many people will spend December 31st making promises to themselves. This is called the New Year’s resolution, and most resolutions, sad to say, are not kept past January. Most of these resolutions have to do with our health. We want to lose weight, we want to gain more muscle, walk further, run faster. Maybe with […]

  • The Biggest Health Trends of 2017

    by on September 13, 2017 - 0 Comments

    A lot of us make grand resolutions about our health practices on January 1st. Many people truly have the motivation to see them through, and there are many that don’t. Regardless of what group we fall into, the year is almost over, and once again we will set more goals for ourselves and our health […]