Beat your cold with ingredients from your kitchen

Posted By on October 12, 2010

Spice it up!



Some of the most common spices used to add flavor to food do so much more; they can kick your immune response into hyper-drive. Cayenne pepper, ginger, garlic and onions all contain anti-microbial properties that fight infection and help to decrease the duration of colds. Hot peppers and ginger increase circulation and inhibit inflammation, two effects that speed up recovery and relieve symptoms.

Ginger works well as a decongestant for upper respiratory colds and sinus infections and soothes sore throats. Onions and garlic have anti-inflammatory and antihistamine properties that fight respiratory congestion and allergic responses. Incorporating these seasoning into your cooking is easy! You can try our recipe below, experiment for yourself, or you can just eat them raw!

Drink your Vitamins
Increasing your fluid intake during a cold is also very important, whether it be by drinking more water, juice or tea (a combination of all three is the best). It guards against dehydration while providing the body with important nutrients and with a detoxification route during an infection.

Many fruit juices are more concentrated in Vitamin C and A than the fruits they were extracted from. It’s always a great idea to eat whole fruits and vegetables, but if a cold has curbed your appetite, drinking juice accomplishes the task of providing vitamins with less effort. Fruits and fruit juices rich in Vitamin C include oranges, grapefruit, lemons and limes, strawberries, papaya, passion fruit and guava.

Some vegetables high in Vitamin C, which also make excellent additions to smoothies or blended drinks, are tomatoes, broccoli, cauliflower, sweet red peppers, brussel sprouts, hot chili peppers and more.

Vitamin A plays an essential part of your immune defenses during a cold. Fruits and vegetables rich in vitamin A include, cantaloupes, apricots and mangos, carrots, sweet potatoes, broccoli, spinach, hot chili peppers and mustard greens. If available, fresh juices straight from the juicer are always the best because they do not have to be pasteurized, which kills all of the active enzymes and beneficial flora.

Tea is wonderful choice for more than just one reason. The warmth of tea alone is enough to soothe a sore throat. Tea not only contains theophyllin, a natural bronchiodialator and decongestant, but you can customize your tea choice to fit your cold symptoms.

For instance, peppermint and eucalyptus teas work wonders for congestion in your sinus passages and chest, they tend to “cut through” mucus production. Peppermint or ginger tea also help to settle upset stomachs. Licorice and lobelia teas act as upper respiratory expectorants for relief of tightness and congestion in the chest. Adding honey to your tea also stimulates mucus production for dry coughs or itchy sore throats.

Cold Buster Chicken Soup
3 heads of garlic, minced
1 head of garlic peeled and left whole (if blending)
3 large onions minced
1 jalapeno pepper, seeded and minced (cayenne pepper may be substituted)
3 large potatoes cut up or any other vegetable of choice
1 stewing chicken (can eliminate for vegetarian option)
dash of seasalt

Skin the chicken and cut it up… then put it in a pot of spring water and let it simmer until the chicken falls off the bone. Remove the chicken. Put in the garlic, onions, potatoes and pepper. Simmer for 30 minutes, add water as necessary. Soup may be blended in a blender for creamy drinkable texture.

Note: These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. This information is not intended diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. If you have medical problems seek a professional.

Works Cited
1. Fitness and Freebies. 2006. Clobber the Common Cold-With Food. Accessed 11/11/06.
2. The Chitterlings Site. Soul Food Recipes. Accessed 11/11/06.

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