Flu season approaches, just like last year. There’s no guaranty of time off even if you get sick. With that in mind, here a few things to consider.
First, it’s easier to eat properly every day to prevent illness if it comes to you routinely from a company like Fresh N Fruity. For a healthier flu season, please phone us now at 01 4624811 or email us at: [email protected].
Second, there’s more to beating the flu than the needle. The vax only covers the strains a team of experts thinks will be the most common this year. We all know how that works out. Some of us get the shot and the flu every year. On the plus side, if you get the shot, you probably won’t get the nastier strain for this year. Still, if you think that even the so-called mild strains are quite nasty enough, read on.
Third, whilst it’s true that some of the flu busters overlap with the immune boosting fruits in our earlier blog on colds, recovering from the cramps, head, and body aches that come with flu takes minerals. That means that the emphasis should be different. Also, if you’ve ever had that jagged cough that comes with the flu, you know that eating grapefruit hurts. Not that it makes you sicker, but the pain might be enough to put you off eating. Harsh citrus like grapefruit and lemon goes down better diluted with added sugar. Even so, the vitamin C helps and citrus is ubiquitous, so it makes the list at number five.
5. Citrus: Grapefruit, lemon, and mandarin
For many people, the key to tolerating citrus when sick is, as mentioned, dilution. Usually, that means juicing, not exactly what you feel like doing when you’re already ill. Still, there you are. Either eat it regularly when you’re healthy to avoid getting sick or think of a workaround like the tip below.
Eating a variety of citrus gives you a great source of vitamin C, beta-carotene, and folic acid, as well as, cholesterol helpers like limonoids and cancer-fighters like lycopene.
TIP: If you’re already sick and you want to take the juice diluted, mandarins are the only citrus that’s easy to peel. Also, you’ll get more juice from your citrus if you nuke it on high for 10 seconds in a standard kitchen microwave before juicing. Dilute with plenty of water, drink it all, and kill two birds with one stone.
A single apple delivers antioxidant effects equivalent to 1,500 mg of vitamin C. They also come with protective flavonoids. That may benefit heart disease and cancer.
TIP: Apples can be too much of a good thing and they may be difficult to eat if you’re already under the weather. Remember that you can cook them down to make applesauce. Adding a little cider vinegar to the cooking mix will help clear your head. It may also help your digestion. Adding a little cinnamon helps replace trace minerals. For tips on quick preparation of fresh fruit delivered to the office, consult our blog on parties.
Of course, if it’s vitamins C and E you’re after, consider kiwi. Kiwi fruit supports the immune system. In addition to the flu, kiwi also helps with the common cold. It’s also easier on a sore throat than citrus. In addition, kiwi is a good source of potassium. That may help relieve the cramps and aches of the flu.
Speaking of cramps and aches … Bananas are loaded with vital minerals like magnesium, potassium, and chromium that ease cramps and aches. They also provide folic acid and vitamin B6, both of which help maintain healthy blood. Best, bananas go down easy.
TIP: If you suffer from classic migraine you may find that the magnesium in bananas lessens your symptoms.
1. Paw-paw (aka papaya)
One paw-paw (aka papaya) blasts your body with a whopping 250 percent of the daily requirement for vitamin C. The papain may also help soothe an upset stomach.
TIP: The anti-inflammatory effects of the vitamins C and E plus lycopene in papaya may lessen the symptoms of asthma.
Yes, yes. Ginger’s not a fruit. Still, you can mix a little grated ginger into a nice tea with citrus and honey to soothe a sore throat and settle an upset stomach.