8 Power Snacks to Fight & Prevent Cold’s and Viruses

To make a throat-calming, congestion-busting tea, steep chopped raw ginger in boiling water for about 10 minutes.

So we are back from vacay and real life hit us hard. Our little guy came down with the stomach bug and has been up all night and throughout the day fighting to get the bug out of his system. I know a lot of people suffering from the viruses that are spreading this season so I thought we could all use a post about foods that will aid our bodies in recovery and help to prevent us from getting sick too. Stay healthy guys!!

1. #RawGingerTea with handful Walnuts
2. #CoconutWater & 1/2 Banana
3. 3, #DriedFigs and 1/4cup #BrazilNuts
4. #Avocado mashed w/ Lemon Juice, on #Ezekiel Bread
5. Glass of Red Wine
6. #BloodOrange & Saltine Crackers
7. #ChickenNoodleSoup
8. Baked, #SweetPotato w/ sprinkle of cinnamon

Facts about why these food combinations really work…
-Ginger contains chemicals called sesquiterpenes that specifically target rhinoviruses, the most common family of cold viruses, as well as substances that suppress coughing.
-BrazilNuts have #selenium which helps to increase our bodies production of #cytokines, which help remove the flu virus. You can get selenium through seafood like, lobster, oysters, clams, crabs, tuna, and cod.
-Redwine has resveratrol and polyphenols which are good bacteria that prevent cold and flu viruses from multiplying. #pinotnoir has the highest compounds.
-Citrus, sweet potatoes & peppers are all good sources of Vitamin C and you need it because it is an antioxidant that can reduce cold symptoms by 23 percent.
-Soup raises the temperature in your nose and throat which creates an undesirable environment for viruses that really thrive in cooler and dryer climates.

resource: nih.gov