Food That Fight Infection
Colds and Flu get their starts when just a few viruses slip into your system. Once they're inside, they immediately set to work making more viruses. If your immune system doesn't stop them early on, they multiply to enormous numbers and that's when you start feeling sick.
The only way to avoid colds and flu entirely would be to became a hermit, living far from the sneezes of co-workers, the runny noses of children, and the coughs of strangers on city streets OR you choose to eat all the immunity-boosting foods you can find!
As it turns out, there are plenty to choose from. Even when you're already sick, choosing the right foods will ease the discomfort and possibly help you get better more quickly.
One way to stop microbial invasion is to strengthen your immune system with fruits and vegetables. Vitamin C can help prevent colds, however when you already sick, getting extra Vitamin C in you diet has been proven to relieve cold symptoms and help you get better quicker. At the same time Vitamin C strengthen the white blood cells which are essential for fighting infection.
Also many fruits and vegetables contain a compound called glutathione, which stimulates the immune system to release large numbers of macrophages, specialized cells that seize viruses and mark them for destruction.
Garlic has been used throughout history for treating virtually every type of infection.
Garlic contains dozens of chemically active compounds. Two of them allicin and allin, have been shown to kill germs directly. Plus, garlic appears to stimulate the immune system to release natural killers cells, which destroy even more germs.
Also, two traditional treatments for colds and flu are a cup of hot tea and a steaming bowl of chicken soup. Both of these foods, along with chili peppers and other spicy foods, contain compounds that can relieve congestion and keep the immune system strong.
Its important to use homemade chicken soup and organic fruits and vegetables, rather than store bought options as they can contain unhealthy preservatives.
Take care :)
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References : The Doctors Book of Food Remedies