Feed a cold
That age-old advice is dead-on: when you’re sick, your body needs extra fuel in the form of kilojoules to defend against germs and mount an immune response. “What you eat can be one of the best weapons in your arsenal,” says pulmonologist, Dr Gustavo Ferrer. The right nutrients can give your immune system a much-needed boost, help clear up some of those irritating symptoms, and get you back on your feet faster. Doctors shared their favourite home remedies when they feel a cold coming on – and some of their recommendations may surprise you.
It’s not just for your soul – chicken soup may actually help fight upper respiratory tract infections, according to an older, but classic study published in the journal Chest that looked at how immune cells responded in the laboratory. “When we get attacked by a virus, our natural defences can cause an inflammatory response,” says Dr Ferrer. Some combination of ingredients in the soup may inhibit the white blood cell activity that can cause inflammation.
These berries are brimming with antioxidant power – they’re among the top 20 richest fruits when it comes to free radical slaying compounds – particularly vitamin C. And last year, a study in the journal Nutrients found that getting up to eight grams of vitamin C a day can help shorten the length of a cold. Adding a cup of sliced strawberries to your smoothie will net you about 100 milligrams of vitamin C.