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Fierce Flu Fighting Foods

Posted in Uncategorized on Oct 18,2014

With the fall upon us so is the friendly little flu.

So you can enjoy the leaves, cooler air, bonfires and fresh mornings, include these 5 fierce flu fighters to prevent and kick the flus butt!

Five Foods

Ginger Root and Fresh Garlic

ginger and garlic

Garlic is a powerful flu fighter. Garlic contains compounds called allion and allicin, which have direct antiviral effects. If you come in contact with a flu virus, garlic can help destroy it before it becomes a full-blown body flu. To get the most out of garlic’s flu-fighting properties, it’s best to consume it raw. Try raw garlic in a green smoothie, spread on toast, or throw minced raw garlic into stir fry last minute so it does not cook all the way.

Ginger is one of natures potent super foods, it boosts the immune system helping you fight off the flu. Try thinly slicing ginger and steeping in hot tea with honey. Drink the hot tea along with the ginger pieces for the full benefits.

Spicy Spices! 

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These immune boosting and flu fighting indian spices will help your body remove toxins and literally “sweat it out”. I suggest making a fresh indian curry with coconut milk or try the thai soup Tom Yum Goon, a combination of chicken broth, coconut milk, lemon grass, lime leaves, and spices like cayenne, turmeric, ginger, and cumin.

Elderberry 

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I will start off saying Elderberry is best for treating the flu, not preventing it. It can cut the life of your flu in half due to it’s anti-inflammatory and antiviral properties. You can purchase elderberry syrup at most health food stores or make your own syrup using the berries.

Raw Honey

honey

A sweet way to fight off the flu, add honey to your tea or toast! It’s antioxidant and antimicrobial properties help fight infections from viruses, bacteria, and fungi.

hottoddy

On the 3rd day of my honeymoon in Saint Lucia I woke up with a swollen sore throat, headache, and fluid in my cough. I could feel it was only going to get worse and could potentially last the entirety of our trip. Sitting at dinner that night I mentioned my feeling sick to our waitress and she smiled and said she would be right back! She brought back a small glass of what looked like a syrupy cocktail, she suggested I sip on it slowly and assured me I would feel much better. Although a bit thick to drink I sipped the entire glass, desperate for a cure! The next morning I woke up my sore throat was gone and the thickness in my chest had cleared. I had the drink two more nights (now almost looking forward to the warm cocktail) and my sickness was gone. This drink is called a Hot Toddy. In saint lucia they mixed it with lime, but the traditional hot toddy uses lemon.

If you are feeling a bit under the weather, try this recipe for a Hot Toddy with a Kick!

Ingredients:

4 cups water, 2 cinnamon sticks,  1/2 tsp ground cinnamon, 1/2 tsp cloves, pinch of cayenne, 2 ginger slices, 2 ginger tea bags, 1/2 lemon squeezed, 3 oz spiced rum, 2 Tbsp raw honey

In a pot, simmer water, spices and ginger root. Add the remaining ingredients and set aside. Allow to steep for 5 minutes. Drink hot and feel the cocktail work it’s magic!

 

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