We’ve all been there: One moment you are feeling fine, then the first signs of a cold show up and it’s only downhill from there. But while your full-blown symptoms loom in the shadows, there are some things is something you can do: Take Cold-EEZE and eat the right food. What you consume directly affects how your body feels, so what better way to boost your immune system than through your diet?
Here are some of the best foods to eat to help get rid of your cold.
Broth-based soups. Nothing beats a bowl of chicken noodle, but there are more broths to be had. Beef-based bone broths boost the immune system while the glycine in the broth improves sleep — which is essential when a cold is coming on. From the highly concentrated amino acids and gelatin, the bone broth is also easy on the stomach while delivering essential nutrients to help kick that cold. Or try an udon noodle bowl, an elevated Asian-inspired soup, full of veggies, thick noodles and a dash of spice — your sinuses will be cleared in no time. Two birds, one soup!
Grapefruit. Some colds leave your stomach unsettled. Try eating grapefruit, which prevents excessive acidity in the body, helping to relieve symptoms of heart burn and upset stomach. Additionally, it aids digestion and is rich in Vitamin C, A, B6, potassium, copper and magnesium.
Yogurt. Often times it is recommended to avoid dairy when you’re sick; however, yogurt’s probiotics help support a strong immune system. Even better, add honey for extra flavor and health benefits!
Elderflower Tea. The first signs of a cold can usually flair up throat pain, which is why a warm beverage is an easy, natural cold remedy. There are a variety of teas that will help, but Elderflower contains anti-viral, anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties. Not to mention it’s rich with vitamins and antioxidants, and acts as a natural decongestant.
Pumpkin Seeds. Add these atop your fruit and yogurt, or treat them as a snack when you feel a cold coming on. Pumpkin seeds, which bump up the immune system, contain zinc and are known for their anti-viral properties.
Sweet Potatoes. Whether baked or mashed, sweet potatoes are a great health food. They are rich in Vitamin C, E, B6 and potassium, and are also easy on the stomach.
Matcha Green Tea. This powdered green tea has a specific growing process that results in boosted health benefits for you. It’s chock-full of amino acids, catechins and fiber. It boosts the metabolism and energy levels while improving skin and detoxifying the body.