We all dread it when we catch the flu bug – worse, when the kids are the infected ones. Did you know that there are more than 200 different viruses responsible for infecting us with a cold every year, making it difficult to avoid falling victim?
Luckily, you can help your family prevent and steer clear of the flu virus with these immune-boosting foods:
There’s nothing like a warm bowl of chicken soup to soothe the soul. Surprisingly, it’s true! This nutritious meal is full of fluids to keep you hydrated, and prevent the more severe symptoms of a cold from developing.
While it may seem like an unlikely remedy to a pesky cough, the regular consumption of dark chocolate may help alleviate the symptoms. Research has shown that theobromine, a derivative of cocoa, reduces the intensity and length of coughing. Unsweetened dark chocolate lets you indulge while staying healthy.
Oranges, lemons, grapefruit and mandarins are all important sources of vitamin C, a key ingredient in supporting a healthy immune system, which means your body is able to eliminate the threat of a virus before it strikes.
This fish is full of beneficial omega-3 essential fatty acids, which have been found to reduce the production of prostaglandins 2-series, compounds in the body that can worsen inflammation. Salmon is also a major source of vitamin D, which promotes the activation of cells within the body that maintain the immune system.
Not only great for the skin, honey is also full of a special protein called defensin. This protein actively breaks down bacteria and strengthens the body, so whether it’s on porridge or in your tea, make sure you use honey to sweet things up (Remember, little ones need to wait until they’re 12 months old.)