The Best Superfood to Fight Your Cold
Luckily for you, there isn't just one superfood that can help fight off colds and flu, we've gathered a selection of superfoods that can help you protect against catching a cold this winter.
We all know there is nothing worse than suffering with a cold during autumn and winter, especially when you wind up taking lots of man-made painkillers and decongestants, it can be frustrating when they don’t contain natural ingredients, especially if you’ve been making the effort to watch what you’re putting into your body.
However, all is not lost, there are some natural superfoods that you can take as a supplement to your healthy lifestyle and balanced diet that have the power to help combat the common cold this winter.
One of the superfood kings, ginger has been used since ancient times to help guard against the common cold. Most people decide to include powdered organic ginger root to aid their digestion, by adding it to curries, teas, smoothies and juices and it can also help to flush away nasty toxins too.
If you do come down with a cold this winter, then ginger’s anti-inflammatory properties can help to reduce the bunged-up feeling of a blocked nose and it also can halt the growth of bacteria, helping you fight off infection and boosting your immune system.
Gingerol found in organic ginger root is packed with essential vitamins and nutrients that can help keep you fit and healthy when included as part of an active lifestyle and balanced diet. Ginger is also suitable for vegans and vegetarians and it’s also gluten free, so it can be enjoyed by those with specific dietary requirements.
Another powerful superfood to keep in your food cupboard and arsenal against the cold and flu virus is turmeric, specifically turmeric curcumin powder. This fantastic superfood root is a member of the ginger family, so it’s in good company when it comes to fighting off colds this winter.
Loaded with antioxidants and like its root relative, it also has anti-inflammatory and pain-relieving properties too, including this superfood in your diet will be a piece of cake. Try adding it to savoury dishes, golden milk, smoothies and juices to help protect you from colds this winter.
Apple cider vinegar
Following closely behind, apple cider vinegar is another superfood that can help protect you against catching a cold and it can also help your body bounce back if you’ve been prescribed antibiotics for a chest infection. The natural bacteria in this fermented superfood can help to rebuild the good bacteria in your gut, which gets depleted after a round of antibiotics, so your digestive system will be back up to its hearty self in no time.
One for soothing those dry, scratchy throats, Manuka honey is much better than lozenges and cough syrup which are often packed with artificial flavours and sugars. Try adding a generous spoonful of pure Manuka honey to your hot water, ginger and lemon infusions, when you are suffering with a nasty cough and you will be able to feel a similar soothing effect as from lozenges and cough syrup without any of the added nasties.
An oldie but a goody, lemons are a simple way to get a quick hit of natural Vitamin C, to help strengthen your immune system against the common cold. Slice it up and add it to ginger tea with a spoonful of Manuka honey for a soothing concoction to help blast away a cold or cough. Natural Vitamin C can also help to inhibit the growth of bacterial infections, reduce inflammation and help to keep your body’s pH levels in check.
Make sure you stock up on your cold and flu-fighting superfoods today!