Friday, November 09, 2012
I read a lot of articles on EATING WELL site..I found this article today...
5 FOODS THAT HELP WARD OFF COLDS
These are foods that are immunity boosters..But as we know washing our hands, getting enough sleep and taking vitamins all help as well..but here is the list..
1. CHICKEN SOUP...In one study, hot chicken soup was more effective than hot or cold water at making noses run—a good thing since nasal secretions help rid the body of pathogenic viruses and bacteria. Like any hot liquid, soup also helps you to stay hydrated and raises the temperature of the airways, both of which are important for loosening secretions. Adding a few hot chiles will loosen things up even more.
2. TOGURT....Regularly eating probiotics, so-called “good bacteria” found in foods like yogurt and sauerkraut, may help your immune system work better and improve digestion.
3. GREEN TEA...Polyphenols, potent plant antioxidants, are what’s believed to give green tea its immune-boosting effects. One laboratory study suggested that a particular type of polyphenols called catechins may kill influenza viruses. To maximize benefits and minimize bitterness, use just-below-boiling water and steep green tea no more than a minute or two. A little lemon and honey can also help blunt the bitterness. But don’t add milk, because the proteins will bind to the polyphenols, making them ineffective. (adding milk I didn't know)
4. VITAMIN D...(I know it isn't a real food)..In a study published recently in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, children who took daily vitamin D supplements (1,200 IU) were 40 percent less likely to get a common flu virus than kids who took a placebo. Laboratory studies indicate that the nutrient may help immune cells identify and destroy bacteria and viruses that make us sick.
You can also get it (in small doses) from fatty fish, such as salmon, and fortified milk—and your body makes vitamin D from the sun.
5. SOLUBLE FIBER...Soluble fiber—abundant in citrus fruits, apples, carrots, beans and oats—helps fight inflammation, Insoluble fiber—found in wheat, whole grains, nuts and green leafy vegetables—is still important for overall health, but it doesn’t seem to have the same impact on immunity. Strive for 25 to 38 grams of total fiber a day, Sherry says, paying extra attention to getting the soluble kind.
These make me think of some things I need to do for cold season coming on..and if you notice it is some of the same things that Sparkpeople have shown as well.