How To Effectively Avoid A Cold This Winter

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A cough, a sneeze, and it’s that time of year again. Everyone around us is getting sick. Our families, our co-workers, even fellow commuters, it seems like colds and flu spread faster than you can believe. It’s tempting to grab preventatives and remedies from the store shelf.  What if we told you that in the Produce section of your supermarket, there are amazing cold fighters? In this article, you will learn the best tips to help prevent and treat a cold, so that you will have a much easier time through this difficult season.

 

Eating the Rainbow

One of the best things you can do is to build your immunity. Immunity helps you to resist germs that you come into contact with.  Many people associate citrus fruits as being the power houses to fight colds, but did you know that many veggies can help you strengthen your immune system? Some veggies that you can use to build your immune system include spinach, broccoli, and red bell peppers.

Let’s say you don’t really like the veggies that were mentioned above. One way to build immunity is to do what is known as “eating the rainbow.” This means that you select fruits and vegetables that vary in color (red, orange, yellow, green, blue, and purple) with the intention of gaining a wide variety of nutrients into your diet. Each color group contains different sets of nutrients, and so you are ensuring that you will get a wide variety of vitamins, minerals, and other health building blocks, like antioxidants, for example.

 

You’ve got the first signs of a cold, now what?

Let’s say you have been eating as healthy as possible, but you are starting to see symptoms of a cold. There are still things you can do to help ease the misery, and possibly the duration of your symptoms.

You may have heard the saying “feed a cold and starve a fever.” It is true that you may definitely feel less like eating while having a cold, but trying to eat even small amounts of nutritious veggies while you are sick which will help ease your symptoms and possibly help your cold to quit effecting you sooner. Broth is supposed to be especially good while you are ailing, so why not try to make a veggie broth soup? Vegetables like carrots, celery, and onions can cook down well to create an amazing broth, or they are an excellent addition to a pre-made one. You will probably find warmer, cooked vegetables more comforting and easier to digest while your body is battling a sickness, so vegetable soup is a great choice.

 

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Veggies for every day health

Building immunity through healthful eating is definitely something worth looking into. Cold and flu season is not enjoyable, but with the help of nature’s medicine, and a good variety of vegetables both before you are sick, and while you are fighting the cold or flu virus, will make a great difference in how you experience the winter season.

You may not have enjoyed vegetables as a child, but as an adult you will come to see the great value and great variety that these gifts of nature have to offer!

 

References:

www.bhf.org.uk

www.nutritionaustralia.org

www.kidshealth.org