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Top 5 Foods for Flu

October 25, 2011

I’ve searched the internet today for the top foods for flu and the same ones keep coming up over and over again. So rather than making you read through all those articles, I’ve compiled them so you can get on with getting better.

Number 5: Banana open the discussion with banana. Sliced, mashed, or whole, bananas are easy on the stomach. They can be a go-to food if you’ve been hit with symptoms like nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea, which often occur in kids with the flu. Bananas, along with rice, applesauce, and toast, (BRAT) make up the BRAT diet — often the first foods doctors encourage people to try when they’re recovering from stomach flu and ready for solid foods.

Number 4: Garlic and Ginger

Garlic-ThiswasfedtotheEgyptianslavestogivethemstrengthtobuild pyramids. It was also hailed as the refuter of vampires. Some say that its real strength comes in its pungent flavor, key to clearing up congestion.

Ginger- Packed with virus-fighting agents, such as gingerol, which has been studied as a cough suppressant; ginger is a prize-fighter in the battle against colds and flu viruses. It is credited for opening nasal passages, clearing congestion, and even soothing nausea.

Number 3: Sweet Potato reports sweet potatoes are full of fiber and immune system-boosting betacarotene, according to Chicago-based registered dietitian David Grotto. Pop one in the oven whole or thinly slice, season and bake them for a healthy bowl of chips. Look for potatoes with darker flesh, which have higher betacarotene content.

Number 2: Strawberries, Oranges, Sweet Red Peppers, Broccoli believe in vitamin CSome studies in adults have shown that taking high doses of vitamin C daily may significantly reduce cold and flu symptoms. Other studies have seen a modest benefit in reducing the duration of a cold or flu symptoms, and a few studies in adults and children have shown that taking vitamin C might help prevent colds or flu, although the research is inconsistent.

It ultimately doesn’t matter whether vitamin C can or can’t prevent or ease cold and flu symptoms, because it offers numerous health benefits when consumed through eating enough fruits and vegetables (3 or more cups per day). Plus, vitamin C acts as a cell-protecting antioxidant and an immune booster, which means it’ll help keep you healthy anyway—even if it isn’t a magic elixir for colds and flu specifically

Number 1: Chicken Soup

Not quite the old wives tale you might have expected, rather suggests there is scientific evidence to prove it’s value. A research study published in the medical journal Chest found that chicken soup has mild anti-inflammatory properties, which may help prevent colds and flu by decreasing mucus production and throat swelling and irritation (so you might be spared the sniffles or sore throat associated with colds). Make your next batch of soup with similar ingredients to the ones in the recipe from the study: chicken, onion, sweet potato, turnips, parsnips, carrots, celery and parsley.

Eaten Today

10.50 Toast
17.10 Plum
18.30 Pizza x2 Slices & 1 piece of Garlic Bread 
21.10 Honey on Toast

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