7 Eating Tips and Superfoods to Help You Get Over Winter Colds and Flu
For many of us, as far as colds and flu are concerned, this winter’s been a doozy. If you have been under the weather, be patient with the process---getting well takes longer than we realize, so be kind to your body. It needs time to heal and regain your strength and stamina. Next, be sure to eat to support your health, not undermine it. Here are a few nourishing recovery food choices you can make now to get your immune system back on track.
1.) Keep sugar to a minimum.
Sugar feeds the bad bacteria in your gut that weakens your immune system so the less you eat of the sweet stuff, the better. If you are looking for the unsweetened truth about sugar including how you can avoid the tsunami of sugars cleverly hidden in the food supply, check out www.sugarscience.org.
2.) Go big on greens.
Leafy greens are pretty little powerhouses – so if you’re looking to rebuild strength, dig in! Put them in soups, smoothies or as the centerpiece of your salads. Each bite will nourish your good gut bacteria with the fiber they thrive on, plus vitamins C, K, A and folate, all essential nutrients for immune defense.
3.) Bring on the butternut squash
Be it mashed, sautéed, baked or pureed, butternut squash health supportive benefits are noteworthy. There’s plenty of carotenoids, vitamin C, potassium and vitamin B6 to help keep your nervous system and immunity on an even keel.
4.) Snack on pumpkin seeds.
The perfect grab-and-go snack, pumpkin seeds come complete with lots of wonderful nutrients to help boost immunity and aid you on the road to recovery, including vitamin C, zinc, magnesium, tryptophan and much more.
5.) Embrace the avocado.
Avocados are a must-have superfood! Creamy and delicious to boot, avocados deliver a fantastic dose of potassium, fiber, good fat, vitamin K, C and E, folate, protein and vital minerals, all of which offer fantastic immunity-support.
6.) Banish “banana-phobia”.
Bananas are an under-appreciated superfood that’s rich in fiber and prebiotics to feed your good gut bacteria what they need to flourish and boost immunity.
7.) Pour on the spices.
Apply spices like turmeric, ginger, cayenne pepper liberally, and they’ll gift your body with their magical anti-inflammatory, anti-microbial, and anti-fungal properties to help you fend off future viral and bacterial invaders.
For more ideas on how to keep your body feeling good, check out 8 Tips for Natural Detoxification