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Cold busters

By Edirin Moses    |   12 August 2017   |   4:13 am

Citrus fruits

The rainy season is often the time when ailments such as colds, cough, catarrh and asthma are common due to the cold, damp weather.

To stay healthy and cold-free this period, stock up on foods packed with essential vitamins and minerals that will help fight cold symptoms. They are preventative as well and will help boost your immunity against colds.

Ginger
A cup of fresh, hot ginger tea may seem just the thing when you’re nursing a cold. But you don’t have to wait until you have one to drink it. Some studies show this spicy root may prevent the common cold by blocking the virus.

Pepper
They won’t help you kick your cold, but chili peppers can clear out your nasal passages, and that can make you feel better. They have something called capsaicin, which studies show may help with your stuffy head.

Citrus
You’ve heard it before: To avoid colds, get plenty of vitamin C. Truth is, it won’t keep most of us from catching one. (It may help if you’re around people who get sick often, like at a day care.) But if you get a lot of it right before you notice symptoms, it may make you feel better and help you get rid of a cold faster. Oranges, lemons and limes – they’re all sources of vitamin C and can be tasty, too.

Chicken Soup
You should have some as studies show it clears nasal passages and congestion better than other hot liquids. It also has an anti-inflammatory effect that may help your cold symptoms.

Germ Fighters
Kale, broccoli, cranberries, green tea, red onions and blueberries: What do these have in common? All have an antioxidant called quercetin that may help you fight the common cold. The research here is pretty new, but they may be on to something.

Garlic
Scientists think garlic has some things in it that may fight the common cold. They’re still figuring out how exactly, but early studies are promising. However it works, it’s a good excuse to toss in a few extra cloves.

Caffeine and Alcohol
You’re better off avoiding these. You need lots of liquids when you have a cold, but caffeine and alcohol are no-nos because they can dry you out. Of course, if you get a raging withdrawal headache without your morning coffee, by all means, have a small cup of coffee or a little caffeinated tea instead.




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