Foods to help fight the flu

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It’s that time of year again when lot of us start becoming concerned about catching the flu. The good news is that you can do simple things to keep you healthy. Here are some easy foods to help fight the flu you can choose to boost your overall immunity.

Probiotics
When we think of bacteria, we often think of the bad bacteria that can make us sick. However, there is actually good bacteria that can help us feel our very best. According to the Harvard Medical School Family Health Guide, a growing body of scientific evidence suggests that you can treat and even prevent some illnesses with foods and supplements containing certain kinds of live bacteria known as probiotics. Benefits include curbing pathogens (harmful microorganisms), helping aid digestion and increasing immune function.

Bioflavonoids

Bioflavonoids, also known as “vitamin P,” are super-antioxidants found in many natural foods. Scientists have found that bioflavonoids have specific capabilities essential for our overall health. Bioflavonoids contribute to good heart health, and combat atherosclerosis, as well as conditions like Alzheimer’s disease and overall good health. Bioflavonoids are found in many of the same foods that contain vitamin C. You can also find bioflavonoids in supplements, particularly Vitamin C supplements. In fact, bioflavonoids help increase the absorption of Vitamin C.

Ginger
Approximately 2000 years ago, ginger was exported from India to the Roman empire, where it became valued for its therapeutic as well as culinary properties. Ginger continued to be traded in Europe after the fall of the Roman empire, where its supply was controlled by Arab traders for hundreds of years. During medieval times it became a popular ingredient in sweets. Now, it is the subject of many studies that show the numerous benefits including helping combat flu, stomach pains, colon health, upper respiratory tract infection, bronchitis, cough, menstrual cramps, arthritis and muscle pain.

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