What To Eat and Avoid When You Have a Cold
Having a cold

1. Chicken soup

Studies show chicken soup clears nasal passages and congestion better than other hot liquids. It also has an anti-inflammatory effect that may help your cold symptoms.

2. Citrus

You’ve heard before: to avoid colds, get plenty of vitamin c. it won’t keep most of us from catching one if you get a lot of it right before you notice symptoms, it may make you feel better and help you get rid of a cold faster. Oranges, lemons, limes; they’re all sources of vitamin C and can be tasty.

3. Germ fighters

Kale, broccoli, cranberries, green tea, red onions, blueberries. All have an antioxidant called quercetin; that may help you fight the common cold.

4. Bring the heat

They won’t help kick your cold, but chili peppers can clear out your nasal passages and make you feel better. They have something called capsaicin. Which studies show may help with your stuffy head.

5. Ginger

A fresh hot ginger tea cup may seem just the thing when you’re nursing a cold. But you don’t have to wait until you have one to drink it. Some studies show this spicy root may prevent the common cold by blocking the virus.

6. Dairy

avoid dairy product when you’re stuffy or runny because you’ll make more mucus.

7. Garlic

Scientists think garlic has some things in it that may fight the common cold.

8. Caffeine

You’re better off avoiding these. You need lots of liquids when you have a cold, but caffeine is not one of them because it can dry you out. Of course, if you get a raging withdrawal headache without your morning coffee, have a small cup or try a little caffeinated tea instead.


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