The winter is the worst time of the year for those with a weakened immune system. It’s the season of flu and colds, and due to the huge number of infected people, germs are easily spreading through the air.
The first signs of a cold or the flu start with a sore throat or fever, followed by fatigue and chest congestion. In order to fight the seasonal infections and relieve the symptoms, you need to boost your immune system and help your body fight the infection. But, is there a way to do it naturally?
Garlic – the best natural superfood!
Garlic is a vegetable from the allicin family that contains a variety of enzymes, vitamins and minerals that can boost your immune system. It also contains a substance known as allicin to which it owes most of its health benefits. Allicin has antibacterial, antifungal and antiseptic properties and supports the body’s immune and digestive system as well. Not many people are fans of the vegetable’s flavor or aroma, but there are many odorless supplements which provide the same results.
Here are some of the health benefits of garlic:
- Treats sore throat;
- Regulates blood pressure;
- Regulates glucose levels;
- Prevents cholesterol from accumulating in the arteries;
- Destroys parasites;
- Fights allergies;
- Reduces inflammation in the body;
- Relieves upper respiratory infections.
According to one study, garlic can reduce up to 50% of the symptoms associated with colds and the flu, which is why you should include it in your daily diet.
Ginger – the most powerful anti-inflammatory agent
Ginger has been a part of folk medicine for a long time. It can boost your immune system and treat colds and the flu, and its powerful anti-inflammatory properties also make it a great remedy against arthritis. Several studies have shown that ginger can treat most of the symptoms associated with viral infections such as the flu, and can also relieve the symptoms of a cold.
In order to help your immune system fight colds and the flu in the winter, you can prepare a simple ginger and garlic soup and eat it a few times a day. Here’s what you need to do:
- 50 gr. of grated ginger
- 2 garlic cloves
- 4 onions
- 1 chili pepper
- 7 cups bone broth
Sauté the ginger, onions and garlic in a pot with olive oil for a couple of minutes, then add the broth and let the mixture boil. Lower the heat and leave the soup to simmer for a while, then add the chili, stir well and serve the soup with a bit of bread.
If you’re not a fan of the chili’s hot taste, you can use cinnamon instead. Carrots and butternut squash will make the soup even healthier and support your immune system. Consume the soup several times a day and you will help your body fight off the infection.