The fall is in full swing, and that means flu season is setting in for most people around the nation. If you haven’t heard a nearby person cough or sneeze, you will soon. Fall and winter is the time of year where the flu bug fly’s around and causes havoc.
Keeping a healthy digestive system is part of having a healthy immune system. When you take care of your body, you can sometimes avoid the flu. Eating healthy foods is important but it can also help you get rid of toxicity in your body, and process “bad” bugs like viruses and flu bacteria bugs.
Here are the best flu fighting foods that will make you smile.
Ginger has a volatile oil and the warming aspect can help a sore throat. Ginger can help warm the body to break a sweat, and break a fever to help eliminate toxins. Ginger will stimulate the mucous release in your body as well. Ginger is recognized as a metabolic enhancer which means it can also soften the blow of nausea, plus it is a strong digestive aid, and it can help your lung and chest by decongesting it faster. Ginger is a power herb as it is recognized as a a body cleansing herb. You can put fresh ginger into your food or drink green ginger tea, for the health benefits. If you feel sick, drinking Ginger tea (especially combined with honey) helps too sooth the throat.
A study initiated by the National Cancer Institute believes that the ginger may have “anti-inflammatory properties.” Which means rubbing ginger on your gums if they are sore can help reduce inflmation. ginger can help improve gums and teeth because of its healing properties, says, Dr. Randy Morgan, a dentist in Newberg Oregon.
Honey will act like a natural antibiotic because it has antiseptic properties. Honey has a lot of vitamins such as B-complexes, C, D, E, minerals enzymes and propolis. The propolis in honey will boost the immune system, disables viruses and help fight off infections.
Pediatric studies have proven that honey is more effective than cough syrup to relive coughs because it coats the throat much better. Locally grown honey is best especially if you have seasonal allergies, asthma and any type of respiratory conditions. Take a tablespoon 4 times per day, or put directly into your tea.
- Cayenne Pepper
This feisty little pepper is high in vitamin C which can help fight your cold and flu. It also has vitamin A, B, calcium and potassium. Cayenne pepper can increases the circulation in your body which can help if you need to sweat or release toxins in the body. You can buy it in liquid form and take 4 drops and sprinkling your water. You can place a few drops in water and gargle with it every 15-30 minutes to make a sore throat disappear.
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