12 Super Foods that Fight a Summer Cold Like Crazy (You’ll Love #8!)

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There is not a person on earth who is immune from a summer cold. There are more than 200 viruses, constantly changing, that can cause a cold, with the rhinovirus being the most common culprit.

Colds are highly contagious and can be passed from one person to another simply by being in the same room! It is spread mainly through physical contact: a handshake, a kiss (even on the cheek), and touching a common public item such as a doorknob or handrail.

This viral infection spreads mostly through the upper respiratory system and includes symptoms such as coughing, sneezing, sore throat, stuffy nose, runny nose, headaches, body aches, and slight fevers.

Most people fully recover from a cold within 10 days, but there is no cure. The best you can do to avoid a cold is to wash your hands to prevent infection, avoid touching your face, and avoid persons who are obviously infected.

Otherwise, if you should catch a summer time bug, there are plenty of natural foods and drinks that can seriously help to shorten the duration of a cold and lessen the symptoms.

Keep reading and find out the top 12 super foods, herbs, and drinks that will help you to naturally fight off that nasty summer cold.


1. Ginger

Ginger can seriously help you to fight off a summer cold because this root is a natural antiviral. Drinking ginger tea can help remove phlegm from the respiratory tract. It is also one of the most efficient stuffy nose remedies as it dries up the nasal passages. Boil a cup or two of water and add a few slices of fresh, organic ginger root. Allow to steep for 10 or 15 minutes, strain into another cup, add a tablespoon of raw organic honey, and let ginger do its work.


2. Green Tea

This is another great way to drink away a summer cold. Green tea is well known for being loaded with antioxidants that naturally fight disease, as well as antiviral and antibacterial compounds that will help to kick that cold to the curb. In fact, green tea contains a special type of antioxidants known as catechins, which have been shown in studies to arrest the activity of the common cold and the influenza virus. Drink some green tea at least three times each day to help prevent and fight a summer time cold. Try adding some lemon juice and honey to help make your throat feel better. Be sure to breathe in the steam from your cup of tea, to help get some of those antioxidants into your nose!


3. Echinacea

This well-known herb has been shown to increase an immune response in the body. Native Americans have long used this beautiful flowering herb for healing. This is perhaps one of the best known immune boosting herbal remedies in America today. Be certain that you are buying a high quality supplement from a well-known company and avoid products made in foreign countries such as China. Many of these products have been shown to have little or no actual Echinacea in them and often contain questionable ingredients.

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