It amazes me that we have advanced so far in modern medicine and yet we’re still stopped dead in our tracks by colds and flu. Luckily, many solutions for colds and flu exist right in your kitchen. I want to share some of the right superfoods to eat when you’re sick so you can quickly shake that cold and spring back into action.
Here are some of my favourite foods to fight infection:
Your body uses an immense amount of protein when fighting off an infection. There are also many different types of protein and each has their own unique benefits. Whey protein has been shown in the research to stimulate immune cell production, for example. Whether you choose lentils, eggs, chicken, or fermented soy such as tempeh, to name a few, make sure you’re still eating protein at each meal when you’re sick.
Vitamin C is a well-known staple for colds and flu – but do you know why? Vitamin C is an antioxidant, which is crucial to counter-act the oxidation formed by infectious processes. Vitamin C boosts the virus and bacteria fighting power of our immune cells, called lymphocytes and phagocytes. Bell peppers contain more Vitamin C than oranges! Also load up on dark leafy greens, berries, kiwis and broccoli.
Garlic is used by herbalists for fungal and bacterial infections for good reason: it contains a compound called allicin which has powerful antibacterial properties. The secret to unlocking the power of allicin is to crush the raw garlic before you consume it. Crushed raw garlic would be delicious and healthy as part of a Vitamin C-packed salad with dark greens and peppers.
Eating plenty of these superfoods throughout the day, combined with plenty of rest and hydration, is a recipe for a speedy recovery from colds and flu. While the last thing you may want to do when you’re sick is eat, it is crucial to nourish your body to give it the ammunition it needs to fight off bacteria and viruses. Try eating your way back to health and you might discover a new favourite meal or recipe in the process!