Best Immune System-Boosting Foods To Get You Through Flu Season

by | Feb 16, 2020 | Emergency Preparedness, Headline News | 13 comments

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    Getting through flu season without coming down with the virus is often an uphill battle for people.  With immune systems running on empty during the winter months thanks to a lack of Vitamin D from the sun, it is vital that you eat foods that will help your immune system fight back!

    This year, it isn’t just the flu that people are concerned with. The coronavirus is also spreading quickly, and if it does impact the United States, it’ll be important for your immune system to be in the best shape possible. That means you need to eat right.

    • Ginger – Try some ginger tea or cook with fresh ginger root. When it comes to treating a common cold (which is a virus), ginger is one of the best foods for relief. In one study, researchers summarized that ginger’s potent anti-inflammatory properties were key in the root’s powers to combat a cold or flu. Because inflammation can affect your body’s immune response, anti-inflammatory ginger can play a key role in boosting your immunity.
    • Water – While this is technically not a food, staying hydrated is essential for keeping your immune system running like a well-maintained machine. And, if you do get sick, staying hydrated can help loosen that nasty trapped mucus to relieve pressure. Try drinking at least the recommended eight glasses of water a day to keep yourself fully hydrated since we tend to lose more fluids when we’re sick.
    • Oranges – Oranges contain a lot of vitamin C, which is also important for your immune system. According to a review conducted by the National Centre for Epidemiology and Population Health, at the Australian National University, vitamin C is helpful in preventing the common cold and other viruses for people exposed and can help lower the duration and severity of a cold.
    • Broccoli – Broccoli can be considered a superfood because of how nutrient-dense this vegetable is. University of California in Los Angeles researchers reported broccoli can be a great addition to our diet if you’re trying to prevent a cold. Broccoli and other cruciferous vegetables were proven to help boost immunity, according to the study. Researchers claim that sulforaphane, a chemical in the vegetable, switches on antioxidant genes and enzymes in specific immune cells, which combat free radicals in your body and prevent you from getting sick.
    • Garlic– Garlic has built a reputation for being one of the best cold-curing foods, and for good reason. It isn’t just an “old wives tale.”  A review of the food published in the Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews showed that a group of participants in a study who ate garlic over a three-month period only had 24 cases of the common cold total, a significant decrease in comparison to the 65 cases reported by the control group. However, the researchers noted more studies need to be conducted in order to validate garlic’s true impact on the common cold.

    Keep in mind that any citrus fruits that are high in vitamin C can be eaten, not just oranges. You also want to make sure you are getting enough sleep, and refraining from drinking alcohol or smoking in excess. While it is true that you can always wear a face mask to help prevent the flu or coronavirus infection, it never hurts to fortify the body from the inside out!

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      1. Bullshit! Pure bullshit!! None of the five foods/liquids mentioned does anything to lessen the odds nor severity of the flu.

        Time to get Peter Shiff back on with his stock market crash predictions. Another one with a batting average of .000

        • so staying hydrated has no effect on flu, its symptoms, or your recovery? Fascinating. Nutrition has no effect either? Outstanding.
          Where DID you get your medical degree?

        • Hydration and a vitamin D, zinc, C and echinacea cocktail absolutely work.

        • I believe you are correct, water is always good but I think you were only pointing out the foods recommended. The benefits of eating fruit, taking vitamins, and vegetables is hot air. On the other hand there are many people making a good living selling those things so their health is doing well. Probably the best thing people can do is keep the tv turned off and get good rest.

      2. Goldilocks?

      3. Ever heard of blood electrification? Dr. Beck died from injuries due to a fall… The CURE, is starring you in the face! When ya
        gonna use it? LOL.

      4. You guys have it backwards on face masks.
        the purpose of medial face masks is to keep
        you from infecting someone else.
        Your hands are generally what infects you.
        Keep them clean!

      5. One should research “Cytokine Storm” and cross reference good and bad herbs.

      6. Colloidal Silver

        • Colloidal silver may increase the chance for Cytokine Storm

          • I’m not going to say you are wrong or debate the comment but if you believe science news you are in a world of heart. They are as political as it gets.

      7. 1000mg of Vit. C daily when you’re healthy. At the first sign of a cold or flu bump that to 1000mg twice or four times daily depending on how sick you are. When you go to the grocery store wipe down your cart with the sani-wipes provided, then wipe your hands with a fresh one. AVOID TOUCHING YOUR FACE while shopping (hard to do, try it). On the way out, grab another sani-wipe and do your hands again.


        Keep a small bottle of hand sanitizer in your car. Use it EVERY TIME you get back in your car after having been away from it to places other people are touching surfaces that you touch routinely, like door handles or the little pens that you use to sign for card charges (these have mostly gone away with the advent of chipped cards, thankfully), store shelf and counter surfaces, books and shelves at the library, keypads and keyboards etc. Use the hand sanitizer in your car. Wash your hands after you’ve put the groceries or other shopping away.


      8. The best thing to do to fight any viral infection is to sleep. I know that that sounds strange and is not the physicians advice, but I can tell you from my own numerous experiences, as soon as I started feeling under the whether, I would take a lot of naps and sleep extra hours. I would be symptonatic for a day, while others would be fighting off similar infections for weeks. Sleep strengthens the immune system, based on my own observations and personal experiences. In fact, people who take naps live longer than those who don’t. People have to learn how to listen to their bodies.

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