Stop the Flu Naturally – Use Only These 3 Grocery Items!

By on August 31, 2015
Feeling sick, lethargic, and uh oh–are those chills too?

Believe it or not, flu season is upon us, and chances are you’re at risk.

But don’t panic just yet: Just because you haven’t gotten your annual flu shot doesn’t mean you can’t protect your health in other ways.

This time, we’re talking food.

Stop the Flu With…Food?

Yes, food could protect you from the flu–or even help you recover faster if you already have it.

But why? It’s pretty simple actually: Certain foods help boost your body’s immunity, helping it fight against certain baddies, like the flu, much easier.

“The healthier you are, the healthier your immune system–your body’s “coat of armor” to protect you from all kinds of diseases,” says Christine Gerbstadt. M.D., R.D., a spokesperson for the American Dietetic Association. “In order to prevent seasonal influenza and other germs that can make you sick, you need to make sure your immune system is healthy.”

To improve your immunity, here’s exactly what you need to eat–and why.

First, Fill Up on Mushrooms

Most of us don’t give a second thought to mushrooms; they’re good for bulking up a stir fry or salad, but otherwise, this food is rather useless, right?

Well here’s where you’re wrong. Containing both selenium and beta glucan, these compounds boost disease-fighting cells in your body, attacking infections more quickly.

And when that happens, poof goes the flu.

So don’t count out mushrooms just yet.  To reap these benefits, a handful of mushrooms will do; any variety works as well.

Drink Black Tea Too

We often associate green tea, and not black tea, with innumerable benefits, but don’t count out black tea just yet, say researchers.

Sipping five cups of this per day has actually been shown to quadruple your body’s defense system, so sip up–and sip often.

As for the reason why it works, researchers believe it’s all due to theanine, an amino acid which has also been shown to improve anxiety and mood levels.

In addition, black tea also contains catechins, which help protect against free radicals, something which health experts believe can contribute to heart disease and cancer.

So drink as often as possible–at least 3 cups per day is ideal.

For a Snack, Try Chocolate

Few of us can resist a bar of chocolate, but now researchers encourage people to indulge often.

However, not all chocolate is created equal here. Instead, you’ll need to load up on dark chocolate, which research shows helps boost T-helper cells, helping your body fight infections more efficiently.

As an added bonus, dark chocolate has been shown to fight heart disease as well–plus it’s a natural energy boost!

To enjoy, eat a handful of dark chocolate as part of a healthy diet; but don’t overdo it, as too much dark chocolate can also contribute to weight gain.

So eat up!

Readers: What do you like to eat when you feel sick?

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