Resting, hydration and nutrition are the basics to living. These factors become extremely important when you are sick and should be prioritized.
When your body is compromised and trying its best to fight off a cold, it needs special nourishment to help the immune system kick that cold away.
Eating the right foods could make the difference between a speedy recovery or additional weeks in bed feeling miserable. Weeks away from your loved ones, away from work and income, or just lost sick days you could have spent having fun.
Give your body what it needs to help boost its immunity when needed most!
Below are our top 7 cold fighting foods to help give your immune system that extra boost!
#7. Chicken Soup
The go-to meal for generations. It ticks all the boxes: good source of vitamins, minerals, calories, protein and fluid. The major benefit found naturally within chicken soup is the amino acid, cysteine. Cysteine contains antiviral, antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects.1,2
#6. Aged Garlic
A herbal medicine used for centuries. Studies show garlic has antibacterial, antiviral, and antifungal effects 3,4. Furthermore, aged garlic extracts may have the ability to enhance immune function and decrease the severity of colds and flus.5
#5. Black, Green & White Tea
As well as being warm, soothing and de-congesting, herbal teas contain polyphenols which have antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects 6,7.
#4. Manuka Honey
Another incredible soothing agent! As well as soothing out the sore throat it has also been used as an antiseptic due to its antibacterial properties 8,9,10.
#3. Plain Yoghurt
A probiotic booster! Our immune system is very heavily tied to our gut, so it's important to keep it healthy by supporting the natural gut biome.11
#2. Antioxidant & Vitamin C Rich Fruits
Vitamin C is essential in helping the immune system function properly12.
Fruits such as, citrus fruits (oranges, kiwi, lemon & grapefruit) and berries (strawberries, cranberries, blueberries, raspberries) are rich in vitamin C as well as in antioxidants. Studies have shown the antioxidants (anthocyanins) in fruits can prevent common viruses and bacteria from attaching to cells. 13, 14
#1. Oregano Oil
A well known medicinal essential oil, Origanum vulgare, is #1 on our list. Oil of Wild Oregano has been used for centuries due to its potent therapeutic benefits. It has been used to support immune system health and reduce and relieve the symptoms of common colds and flu.15,16,17
A study performed on two groups showed that when one group that was given an oral preparation of Oregano Oil had displayed reduced symptoms of a sore throat, hoarseness and coughing just 20 minutes after administration in comparison to the group who were given placebos.18
However, getting enough high quality natural Oregano Oil, with the highest therapeutic properties can be difficult.
Don’t worry, there is an easy and simple way to get the correct dosage of Oil of Wild Oregano to help support your health, especially when you’re not feeling your best.
Oil of Wild Oregano Capsules are easy to take, and you only need 1 a day to help maintain and support your general health and wellbeing as well as to enhance your immune system.
It is imperative to seek medical advice to ensure there are no underlying medical issues.
As with the use of any nutraceutical, it is important to first consult with your health professional to discuss your use of our product in light of any medical conditions you may have and any medication you may be taking. Always read the label. Do not use if pregnant, taking blood thinners and/or allergic to the mint family of plants. If symptoms persist consult your health professional. All dosage, quantity and list of ingredients can be found on the label and on its corresponding webpage found on our website, www.solutions4health.com.au.