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1. Chicken Soup
Chicken soup not only tastes great but also contains lots of healthy nutrients that make you feel better.
Chicken soup acts as an anti-inflammatory, it reduces upper respiratory cold symptoms such as runny nose and cough, and it prevents dehydration. So soup is a great way to keep up your strength and fight off the common cold.
But remember that chicken soup is not the only one that will do the trick.
Here are 5 other soups that are great for your health:
• Cream of Tomato Soup
• Butternut Squash Soup
• Garlic and Kale Soup
• Matzo Ball Soup
• Oxtail Stew
2. Nutrient Rich food
The “Feed a cold, starve a fever” statement has never been fully proved. Probably the best advice is to eat if you feel hungry. But when you do try to consume nutrient rich food to help your body fight off the germ invaders quickly and efficiently.
Apples not only contribute to your overall good health but can also attack common cold viruses thanks to their antiviral properties. So if you are feeling sick it’s time to eat an apple, drink some fresh apple juice or take a teaspoon of apple cider vinegar mixed with 1/3 cup of water.
4. Vitamin C
Although vitamin C alone can’t treat the common cold, studies have shown that it helps to shorten the duration of the symptoms. Also taking vitamin C regularly helps reduce the frequency and severity of colds.
Honey contains antioxidants and has antimicrobial properties making it effective in treating the common cold. It boosts your immune system in general, calms coughs and soothes a scratchy throat.
Although garlic can sometimes reduce the length of illness it is more effective in preventing the common cold in the first place. Studies have shown that eating garlic every day will help you have fewer colds.
Echinacea boosts the immune system by increasing the number of white blood cells which fight viruses.
This is a tricky one. Drinking when you are already sick can leave you dehydrated and mix badly with the cold medications you’re taking. But drinking moderately (a small glass of wine a day) before catching a cold can actually help your body fight better against infection.