Food Do’s for Colds and Flu

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According to Brigitte Mars, herbalist, in her book, “The Country Almanac of Home Remedies,” there are several foods that you need to stock up on that are beneficial during illness:

• Garlic and onions can help break up congestion.

• Applesauce with cinnamon is easy to digest and cinnamon has antimicrobial properties.

• Orange foods, like winter squash and sweet potatoes are easy on the stomach and also give you a hit of beta-carotene, which according to Mars, helps trengthen the mucus membranes of the lungs.

• Honey is antibacterial and also soothing to the throat.

• Ginger root alleviates stomach pain, and can help warm the body when fevering, and also helps fight infection.

• Berries are cooling for an inflamed throat and also have a cooling effect on the body. (See below for Mars’s recipe for a honey lemonade with berries for fever.)

• To boost your immunity, Mars recommends adding more onions, garlic, scallions, chives and leeks to your diet. She also recommends such herbs as cayenne, chives, cinnamon, oregano, and rosemary, as they all have infection-fighting properties.

Fermented foods can also help promote healthy immunity and help boost your intestinal flora. (Foods like yogurt, kefir, miso)

Honey Berry Lemonade from The Country Almanac of Home Remedies:

2 cups water
1 cup peppermint tea
½ cup lemon juice
¼ cup strawberries
1 tbs. honey

Blend all together in a blender. Drink up to a quart daily.

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