5 Feb 2015

Winter cold? These foods can help!

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At this time of year, it can seem like winter colds are doing the rounds almost on a weekly basis...everywhere you turn colleagues, friends and family members are struggling with runny noses, coughs, sneeze attacks, headaches and sore throats.

Painkillers and Cold & Flu are always good to have handy for when you're feeling really lousy, but if you want to avoid pills as much as possible, there are natural remedies that can easily be incorporated into your everyday diet.

We asked our Nutritionist, Fiona Williamson, what foods (and drinks) she would suggest we stock up on to prevent, or help cure, head colds - and here's what she had to say.

Stay hydrated! 

As at any time of year, keeping hydrated is fundamental. Drinking lots of water will help flush any bugs out your system. Aim for at least 8 glasses a day. Hot water with a squeeze of fresh lemon juice will give you an additional, helpful boost of vitamin C.

Mix up your fruit & veg!

Eat an array of different coloured fruits and vegetables. Vitamin C can't be stored in the body and so it's essential to eat fruits and vegetables every day to keep your body equipped and healthy.

Top up on zinc!

Zinc, which helps maintain your immune function, can be found in foods like beef, oysters, beans, nuts and dairy products.

Try chicken soup!

There may actually be some value (other than taste and comfort) to enjoying this old DIY remedy when ill, as it contains anti-inflammatory agents and may help clear congestion.

What next? 

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