Are you prepared for cold and flu season? You don’t need to work too hard to boost your immune system naturally. These five foods will help strengthen your immune system, and they’re probably already in your kitchen.
Kiwi: Kiwi is an excellent source of vitamin C which is essential for a healthy immune system. Kiwi, and other citrus fruits have also been known to provide respiratory support which can help reduce the severity of nighttime coughing and wheezing.
Chicken Noodle (or No Noodle!) Soup: Clear, hot broth helps remove excess mucous and alleviates some of the symptoms associated with nasal congestion so that you can rest and breathe more deeply.
Garlic: One clove of raw garlic contains more than 100 sulphuric compounds – enough to eliminate bacteria and infection.
Honey: Studies have shown that children with a cough due to cold who are given honey before bedtime cough less frequently during the night than children who are not, making it a great natural cough remedy. Local is best! Choose a pure, locally-produced honey from your local farmers’ market or from a merchant that buys from the farmer directly.
Ginger: Not only does ginger help relieve sore throats and stuffy noses, this powerful root also promotes “healthy sweating” – the kind that helps you burn off a cold and flu.