Tis’ the season for colds and sniffles…
Not to mention all kinds of food borne illnesses that can infect people with low immune systems!
Although I do think that our society is overly germ phobic with all the hand sanitizers (that don’t really work) and quick fix “airborne” remedies (that may have some merit), having a cold should not be the only reason to get more vitamins in your diet.
Certain foods have shown to have enormous preventive powers against all sort of problems. Here’s a short list:
Cranberries- Most women are familiar with the benefits of the cranberries for urinary tract infections. Now, studies have shown that tannins found in the cranberries actually alter E. Coli bacteria. These compounds prevent the bacteria from adhering to the cells in the body. To get these great benefits, try drinking cranberry juice concentrate with no added sugar.
Wine- Recent studies show that having a glass of red wine before your meal will help kill food pathogens like E. coli, salmonella, and listeria. Have fun trying different wines or even cooking with wines to add flavor to food and reap the benefits.
Chili peppers- Capsaicin which is a compound that gives the peppers their kick, improves immune status and has proven germ suppressing properties.
Ginger- Ever wonder why ginger accompanies every sushi meal? For centuries, the germ killing ability of this spicy root has been utilized in Japan. The root is at its most potent when bought fresh and grated over food or steeped in hot water for tea.
Garlic- With a reputation of lowering cholesterol, this powerhouse spice has high levels of protective antibacterial agents. The active portion of garlic is hydrogen sulfide (which also gives it its stinky smell) and is best raw, cooked when raw or in supplement form.
Stock your fridge and pantry with these natural healers first before running to the drugstore. All are delicious and can be part of a great meal. They are easy to use, and who doesn’t love a great glass wine. Salute! To your health.