Just what you want, to be sick over the holidays!
Your family may be expecting your famous stuffing or awesome sweet potato side dish, but all you can think about it chugging your hot tea and snuggling under your bed covers.
Food to the rescue!
- Beef, Lamb, Venison, Sesame Seeds, Pumpkin Seeds, Turkey, Peas and Oysters
These zinc rich foods help prevent a weakened immune system, or in other words, help ward off germs that might cause you ailments. Eating them when you are sick (uh, Turkey day is coming up!) will help rebuild your weakened immune system, thus ridding your body of sickness sooner.
- Watercress, Capers, Green Tea, Kale, Apples, Onions and Ginger
Quercetin is a pigment found in plants. Many scientists agree quercetin is beneficial to your health because it is a natural and abundant phytochemical, known as a flavonoid, and flavonoids are important because they seem to enhance the function of vitamin C so that it is better absorbed by the body. Quercetin is also an antioxidant, and antioxidants are responsible to control and fight disease-causing free radicals.
- Chicken Soup
This super stew has not only been deemed a cold “medicine” by your mother and grandmother but has also been labeled as such by scientists! It contains a bunch of ingredients that help power up the immune system. The ingredients in this soup also helped stop the movement of neutrophils, which are white blood cells known to cause the stuffed up feeling. The steam from this hot meal can also help soothe inflamed airways.
- Liquids and lots of them!
You’ve heard it before, drinking a lot of liquids (not alcohol, soda or caffeine though) helps tremendously when you’re sick, so grab that bottle of water and get some rest.
- Salt Water and Miso Soup
Gargle the salt water if you have a sore throat. Eating miso soup can also help when you’re sick because it has a lot of the same soothing properties as chicken soup but also contains live bacteria, which helps fight off illness.
Other non-food ways to remedy your cold before the holidays:
- Get a humidifier
- Invest in an over the counter aid
- Saline nasal drops and sprays
Cold-soothing soups you can serve at Thanksgiving dinner:
- Turkey Soup
- Butternut Squash & Chestnut Soup
- Butternut Squash Soup
- Pumpkin Onion Soup
- Cranberry Soup