There are two common health issues caused by viruses that affect us at least once in a year. Regardless of the preventative measures we take to boost our immunity, the cold and flu remain extremely common health problems.
Another problem is that we usually try to get rid of a runny nose, sore throat, and coughs by taking medications that will never provide any long-lasting positive effects. In most cases, prescribed and over-the-counter provide temporary results only, typically accompanied with some side effects.
But fortunately, there is an easy way that can help protect and improve our overall health, no matter what bug is going around – it is called NUTRITION.
What to Eat If You Get a Cold?
Pineapple and turmeric are the ingredients that can provide the best protection from lengthy and physically draining virus! Hence, make sure to consume plenty of pineapple and turmeric to reduce the bug effects as much as possible.
Pineapple can be very helpful in the fight against colds due to its powerful antibacterial properties. According to a 2016 study, pineapple extract (the active ingredient is called bromelain) has the ability to destroy germs like staphylococcus aureus, which is responsible for stuffy nose and respiratory tract infections. It is very important to know that bromelain comes from the core and stem of pineapples (we recommend you to watch the video below for more detailed info).Another interesting discovery by the scientists is that the antibacterial activity of pineapple juice is more effective at colder temperatures.
Turmeric is well-known for its strong anti-inflammatory properties among the fans of alternative medicine. These properties can be useful when your sinuses feel like they might explode or when your lungs are wheezing and rattling away. Curcumin, the active ingredient in turmeric, can be very helpful in the fight against infections in your nasal passages or respiratory tract. Also, some recent studies have shown that the same curcumin has the ability to fight unwanted microbes as well!
The only downside regarding turmeric is that the human body is not able to absorb it easily. For that reason, you should always consume turmeric in combination with a healthy fat like coconut oil or black pepper, which are ingredients that significantly increase the absorption of this healing spice. In this way, you will experience the most of its health benefits.
Pineapple-turmeric smoothie – super healthy mixture that will help reduce (and prevent further occurrence) of common symptoms of cold and flu:
Whenever you notice that people around you are getting sick, you should drink the following smoothie for breakfast or bring it with you at work for your afternoon snack. Remember to consume it cold in order to experience the maximum benefits from the pineapple, and to help soothe any inflammation in your head or chest.
The Recipe – Serves: 1, Prep Time: 5 mins
You will need:
- ¼ of a pineapple, chopped or blended (Do you remember what we said regarding bromelain? Don’t cut out the core!)
- 1 teaspoon of grated fresh turmeric
- Recommended: (1 teaspoon of coconut oil or ½ teaspoon of black pepper to increase turmeric absorption).
- ½ cup coconut water
- ½ cup coconut milk
- ½ teaspoon grated fresh ginger
- Juice of ½ lemon
- 1 ripe banana
- ¼ of a cucumber
- 1 tablespoon hemp hearts
Instructions: Add all ingredients to blender, blend until smooth, and enjoy your drink
Few more tips: Don’t forget to stay hydrated, wash your sheets and pillowcases regularly, and always use a natural cleaner to go over surfaces TV remotes, light switches, and doorknobs.