What to eat when you have the flu
Sometimes, no matter how hard you try to stay healthy, the flu hits you like a pile of bricks. Really, there’s nothing good about having the flu – you feel and look like death, and if that’s not enough, you have to stay away from the rest of your family and loved ones to make sure they don’t get the bug as well.
On top of plenty of rest and liquids, like doctor’s orders, here’s what you should devour when you have the flu to get better quick:
- Ginger & turmeric are fabulous anti inflammatory foods with anti bacterial, anti viral properties. Add to your diet in any form (you may use the root or the dried powder and add into juices, stir fries, teas) great for boosting immune system too when you feel like you are coming down with a cold.
- Flax seeds – These little nutrition wonder are loaded with anti inflammatory omega 3’s. Grind fresh OR soak in water for at least 4 hours and add to salads and breakfasts. 1 tbsp a day.
- Probiotic rich foods, fermented foods for example; kefir, sauerkraut, miso, fermented vegetables, fermented teas. The good gut bacteria help “fight off” the bad bacteria. Getting your inner microbe sorted and balanced is key in having a healthy digestive and immune system.
- Prebiotic foods – These foods are the fuel of your probiotics- the soldiers of your immune system, the guys who help fend off the bad bacteria: raw honey, asparagus, leek, onion, garlic.
- Fresh coconut water from a real coconut. Coconut water is rich in nutrients and is like taking a liquid multi vitamin.
- Goji berries– 1 tbsp a day. These Asian wonder berries are rich in antioxidants and are known to strengthen the liver and immune system according to traditional Chinese Medicine. Add to green tea or breakfasts. Make sure they are organic and sun dried.
- Bee products – Raw Honey and bee pollen. Bee products are well known for their anti microbial qualities and are fabulous for boosting the immune system. Add to your breakfasts and never into boiling water.
- Green tea is so high in antioxidants that it is a wonderful anti aging tea but also brilliant for boosting a weak immune system.
- Home-made chicken soup and bone broth – Grandma’s remedies. Nourishing, warming and also healing. A perfect food to eat when you are under the weather.
Feel better soon,