I did not sleep more than a couple of hours last night because I and my 16 month old son have come down with the common cold. Poor little guy couldn’t breathe so he couldn’t sleep. The humidifier is doing a great job now and he is napping. In my downtime I decided to do a little refresher on foods that help out the immune system and fight infection.
The best advice (as with any health problem) is to prevent the illness. Our immune systems function optimally when we have diets chock full of fruits and veggies. However, especially for those of us with small children, we can’t prevent everything. In that case, its time to ramp up the nutritional arsenal. The first thing we need to do, as just about everyone knows, is increase our intake of clear fluids. Water, tea, juice, and broth-based soups should do the trick.
Now, foods to eat a lot of:
- Coconut oil
- Other herbs and spices such as turmeric, curry, cinnamon, cayenne, basil, and oregano
I wouldn’t suggest eating A LOT of coconut oil due to the saturated fat content, but do enjoy a little of it. A person could make quite a delicious soup after sauteing some garlic and onion in coconut oil. I would also suggest sticking to the greek-style yogurt while recovering from sickness to avoid high sugar intakes, but regular yogurt will still provide positive benefits.
Try an Indian-Style Raita for some immune boosting support:
2 cups greek-style yogurt
Dill (or other spice you enjoy)
Chili powder or cumin for a spicy garnish
Whisk the yogurt until smooth, add your choice of herb, mix in chopped cucumber and apple, dish out your serving and garnish as you desire.
Here’s to rapid recovery from the cold bug!