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What foods prevent or help treat cold/flu?

A common cold is an infection of the nose and throat usually caused by a virus and it is easily spread to others. Cold is often milder lasting up to a week but flu persists for 2 weeks and can lead to other ailments.

  Foods that help prevent/relieve common cold/flu include:
*Dark chocolate
*Fruits rich in vitamins and anthocyanins such as citrus and berries
*Fermented foods such as pap  and probiotic yogurt
*Green leafy vegetables
*Pepper soup
*Green or black tea
*Cloves, onions, garlic, and ginger

Mechanism of action of food against cold
The foods mentioned above have antioxidant properties that help to boost the immune system and reduce inflammation. This action prevents the body from catching flu/cold easily or relieves the body quickly of the flu/cold.

Foods to avoid when you have a flu
*Caffeinated beverages
*Hard foods (chips, crunchy crackers, etc)
*Processed foods

Procedure 1 for flu drink preparation
*Wash lemon fruits thoroughly.
*Cut into a blender with garlic and ginger, and blend.
*Boil for 5 minutes.
*Serve and drink hot.

Procedure 2 for flu drink preparation
* Wash lemon fruits thoroughly.
* Dice into small bits and place in warm water overnight.
* Boil for 5 mins the next morning.
* Serve and drink hot.

See my previous post on fruit-peel tea to prevent cold/ flu.

However, if the cold/flu persists after a week, see your doctor.

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