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What to eat to avoid getting sick: ten anti-flu foods
What to eat to avoid getting sick: ten anti-flu foods

Ten healthy and good foods to prevent (or cure) colds and flu: rich in vitamins and minerals, they stimulate the immune system

If you want to prevent (or treat) the flu in a natural and healthy way we have selected for you 10 good and healthy foods, rich in vitamins, minerals and with an anti-inflammatory power that will make you stronger than Popeye when it swallows its magical spinach. (Speaking of spinach, did you know that they contain a large amount of iron, which is essential for your good health?).

While seasonal ailments are always lurking, take a few minutes, prepare yourself a cup of steaming tea and browse the gallery to find out which are the 10 most powerful anti-flu foods you can put on the table!

The 10 foods to prevent and fight the flu

  • Oranges and lemons Oranges, lemons, and all citrus fruits in general, are foods rich in vitamin C, an essential ally for fighting flu symptoms. Yes, therefore, to large juices in the morning, to start the day well, or as a hunger breaker during the day. And yes also to the good old hot water and lemon which, in addition to giving you a boost of vitamin C and mineral salts, also helps intestinal regularity, another underestimated but very important element for preventing the flu. Always remember that a state of good health starts with a healthy intestine. Have you ever heard that the intestine is almost a second brain?

  • BroccoliAmong the foods best known for their anti-inflammatory properties and the contribution of mineral salts, broccoli is a fundamental ally against the flu. Not only that, since it is a low-calorie vegetable, you can consume it in large quantities, without any sense of guilt. Do you want more motivation? Like all green foods, they have many detoxifying properties. What are you waiting for, then? Steam them and season with a drizzle of oil, salt and pepper: they will keep their organoleptic properties unchanged.

  • pomegranateDid you know that pomegranate is not only an excellent ally for the skin but also a food rich in nutrients, antioxidants and vitamins? These properties make it a perfect fruit to fight colds and flu and, in general, to prevent seasonal ailments. Consume 1 or 2 every day at this time of the year, alone or as a complement to your salads or fruit salads.

  • Green tea and black teaIf you've already got the flu, a good hot tea with a spoonful of honey melted inside is exactly what you need. If, on the other hand, you want to avoid the flu (because prevention is always better than cure) you still have a good reason to prepare yourself a cup of tea, green or black: it is rich, indeed very rich, in antioxidants and capable of stimulating the immune defenses better than any supplement! So relax, put the water to boil, and enjoy a relaxing and healthy break.

  • EchinaceaKnown and always used by American Indians, echinacea is a plant that has surprising effects on the immune system. An impressive natural boost! Perfect especially for the prevention of colds, it should be taken in pills or in the form of mother tincture, dissolved in a glass of water. Take it every day during the cold season and you will be impressed. Seeing is believing!

  • Garlic An infusion of cold-pressed garlic is certainly not the best you can do for your social life. Yet, and to believe what we tell you, the only way is to really try: if you have a fever, you are full of a cold and you want to get rid of it in less than 24 hours, this is just what you need. It is a kind of grandmother's remedy, widely used in Brazil and, incredible to say, it really works. But if you don't want to resort to such a drastic remedy, still consider the idea of ​​introducing garlic into your diet: use it for sautéing, to flavor toast, vegetables and - why not - also meat and fish. You will see, the phytonutrients of which it is very rich and its antibiotic and antiviral properties will make your winter a walk of health. Literally.

  • Ginger If the flu and a sore throat grip you, add it to centrifuges, infuse it in hot water, use it as a stir-fry for vegetable or fish-based preparations and you will see your immune defenses take off in no time at all!

  • OnionsOnions are said to absorb bacteria. Now, we would not like to exaggerate but there is something true in this popular belief. Just like garlic, onion is also a natural remedy for colds. This food is very rich in antiseptic and antibacterial properties: cut a few slices inside your salads, use them to flavor vegetable soups and risottos and you will see that they will be an excellent ally to fight flu and colds. An extra treat: to peel all your tears without crying, keep a little water in your mouth during the operation and spit it out only when you are done. Seeing is believing!

  • Aloe Vera juiceA natural remedy of 10 and praise to prevent flu by raising the immune system is aloe vera. Its juice (which you can easily find in the supermarket or in shops that sell organic food but, why not, also in pharmacies) contains a blend of vitamins to rival the best fruits and many minerals. Drunk in the morning it is perfect for helping intestinal functions and excellent for guaranteeing you iron health.

  • Chili pepperSpices, and especially chilli, are a great ally against flu and fever. And this for two reasons: they perform a vasodilating action that promotes sweating and the consequent stabilization of body temperature (which is essential in febrile states); and they are also natural sources of acetylsalicylic acid which is none other than the main component of aspirin, which we all use to cure us of seasonal ailments.

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