What you eat can determine your health.
Winter might be over, but that doesn't mean cold and flu season is. Remember those things? Well, they still exist. Good thing is there are foods that can combat them. And if you do succumb to one or the other, these foods can help reduce symptoms.
Chock full of good bacteria and loaded with vitamins, antioxidants and selenium, fungi like shiitake and maitake can help your immune system fight off colds. Mushrooms are incredibly versatile cooking ingredients and can be added to soups, casseroles, stir-fries, and pasta dishes.
We all know the benefit of Vitamin C. The best way to boost your immunity this cold and flu season is with daily intakes of citrus. A medium-sized orange can provide you with 117 percent of your recommended daily intake which will help you fight off free radicals. Since we're all about using all the parts of fruits and veggies, be sure to zest your oranges, lemons and lime into salads, stir fry, pasta and even dessert - Vitamin C is hiding in there, too!
Yellow bell peppers contain high levels of vitamin C, which is well known for helping people reduce the symptoms of winter bugs and reducing the duration of the illness. Yellow peppers can be eaten raw as a salad ingredient or added to cooked dishes.
Ginger root is a natural detoxifier, so adding it to juices, soups and stews not only provides a nice spicy flavor, but also helps to support healthy blood flow and function. Plus, it helps to loosen mucus and relieve the symptoms of coughs and colds.